Alcatel-Lucent and Russian State Corporation Rostechnologii ( SC Rostechnologii) have announced their plans to form a new joint venture (JV) called Alcatel-Lucent RT, to design, produce and promote IP-based high-tech telecommunications equipment in Russia and in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Under the agreement, the joint venture, led by Ivan Makharine as general director, will be incorporated between subsidiaries of the two groups, operate from Moscow and begin operations in the first quarter of 2010. It will offer telecommunications offerings to the service provider and enterprise market segments in the region.
According to Alcatel-Lucent, the joint venture will develop, produce and deliver offerings that address the reliability and security requirements defined by Russian and other regional governmental bodies. Production is planned to be centered in existing manufacturing facilities of SC Rostechnologii.
The initial joint venture product portfolio will include, Alcatel-Lucent IP LAN switches and routers; the IP/MPLS based service routers and service switches for service provider networks and for geographically distributed corporate networks; IT security hardware and software offerings; as well as IP PBXs, the company said.