Lucent has acquired DeltaKabel, a Dutch cable equipment maker, to try and break into the European cable operator market.
DeltaKabel's 60-strong workforce will join Lucent's cable solutions group but will remain in their current locations. The firm develops cable modems that connect to standard telephones and computers, and cable modem termination equipment located in cable operators' networks.
John Slevin, Lucent's director of strategy and business development, said: "DeltaKabel has a large facility in the Netherlands and we were looking to enter the European market. The Netherlands has a fairly active cable market."
He added that Lucent was keen to enter the European cable sector as an early player because it was already mature in the US. According to IDC, the market for cable telephony and high speed internet access services from cable operators will almost triple to $10bn by 2003.
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