Alcatel-Lucent Acquires Leading Web 2.0 API Repository ProgrammableWeb

By Alcatel-lucent, PRNE
Monday, June 28, 2010

Invests to Build a Bridge Between Service Providers, Enterprises, and Application Developers to Accelerate the Creation of Web, Mobile and Multimedia Apps

PARIS, June 29, 2010 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has
acquired ProgrammableWeb, the technology industry's universal source for Web
APIs (application programming interfaces) used by application developers to
build web, mobile, and other connected applications that serve consumers and
the workplace. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Web APIs enable developers to create new applications leveraging various
kinds of content and functionality. Alcatel-Lucent's acquisition of
ProgrammableWeb will help bring together an ecosystem of service providers,
enterprises, and developers to drive the creation of unique applications
today and in the new world of broadband mobile through LTE.

ProgrammableWeb will continue to operate as a separate entity,
maintaining its repository of over 2,000 Web APIs which are regularly
accessed by a community of hundreds of thousands of developers, and
continuing its role as the industry's most comprehensive content source for
Web services development. Alcatel-Lucent will provide support and resources
to promote the continued and robust growth of the API and developer
ecosystem, and facilitate service providers' participation within that

For Alcatel-Lucent this acquisition provides an important new channel to
partner with the Web developer community - a dialog it has started with its
Open API Service (see link below) and Developer Platform (see link below). It
also gives Alcatel-Lucent access to general API usage patterns, allowing it
to build highly relevant API Bundles (see link below) for its Open API
Service. ProgrammableWeb's API monitoring services, API trial services, and
automated API updates will be integrated into Alcatel-Lucent's Developer
Platform. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will be able to share its developer
resources, such as its dashboard that helps developers track application
monetization, with ProgrammableWeb's developer community.

"If you look at any organization that launches an API, you quickly
realize that the one thing the most successful APIs have in common is a
vibrant developer ecosystem," said Laura Merling, vice president of
Alcatel-Lucent's global developer strategy. "Our goal is to protect the
uniqueness and independence of ProgrammableWeb as an API repository and
developer resource, while adding beneficial technologies and service provider
relationships to the mix for everyone's benefit."

This move advances Alcatel-Lucent's Application Enablement (see link
below) strategy, which is focused on combining the trusted and secure network
capabilities of service providers with the speed and creativity of the Web to
provide a richer end-user experience.

"ProgrammableWeb has always sought to put developers first, by giving
them the most timely and comprehensive picture of everything related to
APIs," said John Musser, ProgrammableWeb founder who is moving to
Alcatel-Lucent, but will continue to oversee the repository's operation.
"That mission will be strengthened and expanded by joining forces with
Alcatel-Lucent. As APIs become more central to software strategies in all
domains, we'll make ProgrammableWeb an even better one-stop independent


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Developer Platform (

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Application Enablement (

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About ProgrammableWeb

ProgrammableWeb is the leading online destination dedicated to mashups,
APIs and the Web as a development platform. Founded in 2005, ProgrammableWeb
offers the Internet's largest directory of Web 2.0 APIs and mashups. With
over 2,000 open APIs and thousands of real-world mashups, users can search,
contribute, and connect as part of ProgrammableWeb's active mashup developer
community. The site also offers daily industry news, analysis, case studies,
tools and technical resources. Regularly featured in major publications
worldwide, including Forbes, Newsweek and CIO, ProgrammableWeb is a
recognized industry authority. For more information, visit

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted
transformation partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic
industries such as defense, energy, healthcare, transportation, and
governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video
communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged
broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services,
Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of
Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications
industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced
global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local
partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 15.2
in 2009 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located
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