Alcatel-Lucent’s French Group Committee declared its approval of the company’s merger with Nokia as the vendor announced new deals with Telecom Italia and HP.

The France-based vendor’s Board of Directors has given its “full support” to the €15.6 billion merger with former rival Nokia following consultation with A-L’s French Group Committee, which is required under French regulation policy.

A-L said the committee “indicated that it does not oppose the proposed combination with Nokia.”

Meanwhile, under a contract with Telecom Italia, the vendor will supply 100 gigabit optical networking technology to the operator as part of a €500 million infrastructure overhaul in Italy.

Roberto Loiola, SVP South and Centre Europe at A-L, claimed the contract would allow the companies to “change the communications landscape in Italy”.

The vendor has also announced plans to work with HP to provide data centre solutions for the banking, finance, healthcare, utilities, government and cloud services sectors.

The two companies will combine their IP and optics technologies for new solutions that will allow enterprises to more effectively handle booming data demands, A-L said.

A particular focus will be placed on business continuity, disaster recovery, secure data transport, data centre interconnect and remote copy applications.

For example, the companies will develop a joint solution enabling secure and synchronous replication of data between data centres over long distances “at rates not previously achievable via standard storage fabric switching.”

The deal builds on an existing global alliance between A-L and HP.

Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing and Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Our strong networking experience in building world-class IP and optical networks gives us unique expertise in providing technology that can meet the rigorous demands and needs of enterprises who are transforming their operations to a cloud environment.

“Working with HP allows us to blend our highly synergistic portfolios and expertise to give customers new ideas and choices that fit their complex and specific needs.”

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