Alcatel-Lucent Helps Wolf Creek School District Build VoIP-Based 'Learning Communities'



    
    Visionary district interconnects administrators, educators and parents in
    real time
    

    PARIS, March 4 /CNW/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:   ALU)
today announced that Wolf Creek Public Schools in Alberta, Canada, has
selected its flagship enterprise voice and data networking solutions to
deliver the communications necessary to build learning communities linking
teachers with parents and students. Wolf Creek has built a district-wide voice
over IP (VoIP) system spanning its 32 sites serving 7,000 students and a staff
of 900.
    In 2004, Wolf Creek sought a long-term alliance vendor relationship and
selected Alcatel-Lucent to build and grow a next-generation network that would
leverage the Alberta SuperNet to support advanced applications such as
pervasive/secure wireless access, videoconferencing and VoIP.
    SuperNet is a high-speed, high-capacity broadband network with end-to-end
QoS that links Alberta government offices, schools, health-care facilities and
libraries, including approximately 4,200 connections in 429 communities.
    The district increased school-home communications, facilitated staff
collaboration and improved security throughout its campuses. The ability to
use the SuperNet and to leverage existing classroom data cabling made VoIP a
cost-effective way to put phones in every classroom and to provide wireless
phones to mobile teachers.
    "One of our major goals in Wolf Creek is to build our culture of live
collaboration. Voice communications is an essential ingredient of that
effort," said Gary Spence, Assistant Superintendent with Wolf Creek Public
Schools. "We wanted to build the model of what an enterprise-level voice
system should look like in a school district. Acting as a true partner,
Alcatel-Lucent made significant code changes to meet our need for special
features."
    The district built its IP network using a range of OmniSwitch Ethernet
switches, providing the bandwidth and security needed to serve students and
faculty. Alcatel-Lucent's OmniPCX Enterprise served as the VoIP solution and
allowed the district to centralize its main voice switches at the district
headquarters and extend remote call servers with back up circuits and
resiliency at each school building.
    The business results of the implementation have been dramatic - even with
a four-fold increase in handsets, the district was able to reduce 127 voice
trunk lines to two ISDN PRIs and 34 voice trunk lines. The district is able to
route all internal calls across the SuperNet and use the telecom lines only
for external calls. All internal long distance charges were eliminated and
monthly line charges were reduced by a third.
    "Reduced operating costs are a definite plus, but it is the dramatic
increase in access and the unmatched ease-of-use of the Alcatel-Lucent system
that are big advantages for our district, our staff, and ultimately our
students," Spence said.
    "Wolf Creek is a bellwether implementation for Alcatel-Lucent because the
administration started with a goal to use communications to improve how
education is delivered," said Tom Burns, Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel-
Lucent's Enterprise activities. "School districts are an important customer
base to Alcatel-Lucent, and the savvy use of technology by Wolf Creek helps us
to reinforce our leadership in this market."
    
    About Alcatel-Lucent
    
    Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:   ALU) provides solutions that
enable service providers, enterprise and governments worldwide, to deliver
voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in
fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies,
applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that
enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on
the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a
local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global
services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and
innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent
achieved revenues of Euro 17.8 billion in 2007 and is incorporated in France,
with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-
Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com.
    
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