Alcatel-Lucent wins share in $20b US deal

Alcatel-Lucent claimed that it is part of a group of companies that won a $20 billion contract with the US government to develop a communications network for federal offices, an Associated Press report said.

The network equipment vendor did no give further details.

The Networx program, announced in March, will stretch over the next 10 years.

The consortium is being led by Qwest Communications International, the Associated Press report said.

As part of the US government contract, Qwest and the rest of the consortium will offer voice, data and video services to federal agencies, the report said.

Alcatel-Lucent shares slipped 0.9% to 10.25 euros ($13.99) in Paris, it added.