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Alacatel-Lucent Buys ProgrammableWeb : Why?

ProgrammableWeb, a popular repository of APIs (Application Programming Interface), has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Alcatel Lucent, a global telecommunications firm that provides the backbone to the mobile phone operators, service providers and others.

The terms of the acquisition have yet to be disclosed and the telecommunications giant's VP of Global developer strategy, Laura Merling, said that the company's ultimate 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."

Programmableweb will operate independently from Alcatel Lucent and will continue to manage more than 2000 Web APIs and more than 5000 mashups. As for Alcatel Lucent, they have acquired a suite of services for developer and an Apps toolset, testing sandbox and distribution system a few months ago.

What would that mean in the long term? Well, we've seen a growing number of network devices, primarily consumer ones, integrate more and more widgets and apps.

The Belkin Play Max series comes with a series of applications that allows users to download content, identify and label music or automatically backup content.

The plan for Alcatel Lucent could be to bring such capabilities to a more corporate audience and kickstart something akin of an App store but for a completely enterprise-oriented userbase.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.