Telephony and interactive video networks with ALCATEL
a joint venture company between ALCATEL and Thomson multimedia,
has been official since January 2000.
ATLINKS is the world leader in
residential telephony and Internet terminals with 27 million
units sold worldwide in 2000. In addition to residential telephony
products, ATLINKS offers a full line of devices linked to the Internet
such as e-mail terminals and Internet screenphones with the Web
Touch range. The expertise of Thomson multimedia and ALCATEL
in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology will enable ATLINKS
to offer ultimate and competitive solutions in the new market of
digital home communications. ATLINKS will use its expertise in Internet
terminals to prepare the "digital home" of tomorrow. The company
has 1,200 full-time employees, of which 350 work in Research and
Development, in 8 international locations: Australia, Canada, China,
France, Hong Kong, Mexico, Spain and USA.
In June 2000, Thomson multimedia and ALCATEL reinforced their partnership
by announcing the creation of Nextream,
a new joint venture aiming to regroup the activities of both companies
in MPEG network products, multimedia head-ends and HFC (Hybrid Fiber
Coax) solutions for cable TV networks. The new company is the leader
in the European market for digital interactive video networks and
intends to pursue an aggressive development strategy in the U.S.
Nextream has at its disposal a portfolio of clients which include
the largest telecommunications companies, new multi-service cable
operators and main broadcasters.