New Gorilla on the Block

So the merger between Alcatel and Lucent has been approved - seeing the famous Bell Labs falling into French hands will gall many.

Both companies have IPTV solutions - Alcatel's is the more advanced from what I gather, and IPTV will surely be a major target market for the merged organisation.

It seems that anyone looking for hardware for network roll outs will face an ever-contracting list of suppliers with Cisco set to dominate the market and Microsoft about to make their play.