Lucent Technologies (LU) said this morning it has successfully secured $6.5 billion in new financing.

The Murray Hill, N.J.-based communications equipment and software giant, which has faced more than its share of

financial woes, said it obtained $4.5 billion of a new 364-day credit facilities, arranged by

J.P. Morgan

and

Salomon Smith Barney

. Earlier this week, the company said it was

selling its fiber-optic unit that could reportedly fetch as much as $8 billion.

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A portion of these new credit facilities replaces a $2 billion credit facility that expired Feb. 22, Lucent said, while the remaining $2.5 billion will be assumed by

Agere Systems

following its initial public offering. Agere's IPO is due to be one of the largest IPOs in U.S. history even though Lucent

recently narrowed the projected price range of the upcoming offering.

The remainder includes an amendment to a $2 billion credit line that had been due in 2003.

"A critical element of our seven-point restructuring plan is now in place with these new agreements,'' Lucent said in a brief statement this morning. "We are now moving ahead totally focused on executing the turnaround of our business.''

Shares of Lucent closed Thursday at $12.53 on the

New York Stock Exchange

, sharply off its 52-week high of $75.38. The shares have a 52-week low of $11.50.