Lucent and Alcatel call the whole thing off

Alcatel SA and Lucent Technologies Inc. announced on Tuesday said they had ended talks over the possible merger of the two companies.

Talks between the French telecom company and the American communication equipment vendor have resulted in no agreements and talks have been terminated, Lucent and Alcatel said in a brief statement after the U.S. financial markets closed Tuesday. The companies said they would have no further comment on the merger talks.

Lucent spokeswoman Mary Lou Ambrus said the company had no comment and referred back to the prepared statement.

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