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2017

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks goes back to its original name Alcatel Submarine Networks.

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2014

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks acquires Optoplan.

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1993

Alcatel acquires STC Submarine Systems, a division of Northern Telecom Europe (today Nortel Networks).

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1992

Alcatel Alsthom acquires AEG Kabel (subsequently renamed Kabel Rheydt), a leading cable manufacturer in Germany, strengthening its presence in this region.

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1991

Compagnie Générale d'Electricité changes its name to Alcatel Alsthom.

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1990

Alcatel takes over Telettra and Fiat acquires a majority stake in CEAC.

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1989

AT&T Technologies combine with Bell Laoratories to become Lucent Technologies.

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1988

Joining of Alsthom and General Electric Company (UK).

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1986

Alcatel NV formed following an agreement with ITT Corporation, which sells its European telecommunications activities to CGE.

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1985

Alsthom Atlantique changes its name to Alsthom.

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1984

Câbles de Lyin acquires Thomson Jeument Cables and Kabeltel.

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1983

The first high-capacity, long-haul lightwave transmission system between New York City and Washington D.C.

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1980

Bell Labs introduces the digital signal processor chip.

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1970

AEI sells SCL to STC.

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1966

The Société Alsacienne de Constructions Atomiques, de Télécommunications et d'Electronique is now part of CGE.

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1962

SCL is now owned by the UK's electronic giant AEI.

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1957

The laser is invented at Bell Laboratories.

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1956

The first transatlantic telephone cable is placed into service, handling up to 36 simultaneous calls.

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1948

Claude Shannon quantifies "information" (Information Theory) and gives engineers mathematical-based theory regarding the maximum information capacity for any communications system.

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1935

Telcon and Siemens Brothers merge to form Submarine Cables Limited (SCL).

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1930

Telcon becomes the first manufacturer of submarine coaxial cables in the UK.

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1928

Alsthom is formed through the merger of Société Alsacienne de Constructions Mécaniques and Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston.

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1927

The first long-distance television transmission from Washington D.C. to New York City - a notable first for Bell Labs.

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1925

The Compagnie Générale des Câbles de Lyon becomes part of CGE.

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1898

French engineer Pierre Azaria sets up the Compagnie Générale d'Electricité (CGE) with the aim of competing against AEG, Siemens and General Electric.

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1896

The inauguration of the Compagnie Francaises des Câbles Télégraphiques.

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1891

The inauguration of the Société Générale des Téléphones factory in Calais.

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1881

American Bell purchases a controlling interest in Western Electric and makes it the exclusive developer and manufacturer of equipment for the Bell telephone companies.

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1869

Elisha Gray and Enos Barton form Gray and Barton, a small manufacturing firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. Three years later, the then Chicago based firm is renamed the Western Electric Manufacturing Company.

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1864

The Gutta Percha Company merges with Glass, Elliott & Company to create the Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Company (AKA: TC&M or Telcon).

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1845

The Gutta Percha Company is created by Charles Hancock and Henry Bewley. Initially the Company produced bottle stoppers and tubing.

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