Canada's MTS Allstream Selects Alcatel-Lucent for Next Generation Converged Information, Communications and Entertainment Service



    
    MTS Allstream is 50th customer of Alcatel-Lucent's Triple Play Service
    Delivery Architecture
    

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, MARKHAM, Ontario and PARIS, Jan. 17 /CNW/ --
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:   ALU) today announced that it has
signed a multi-year agreement with MTS Allstream, a wholly owned subsidiary of
Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. and one of Canada's leading national
communication solutions providers, for its upcoming Internet Protocol
television (IPTV) deployment. The service will be based on Alcatel-Lucent's
industry-leading Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA) and
Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV and multimedia platform. MTS Allstream currently has
the largest installed base of telco digital TV subscribers in Canada and was
one of the first providers in the world to launch this type of service. This
next-generation deployment will support an increased subscriber base and will
allow MTS Allstream to launch into new markets.
    Alcatel-Lucent's solution will also allow MTS Allstream to offer a full
suite of converged services over a single IP/MPLS infrastructure with full
quality of service (QoS) enabling enhanced services such as VoIP, T-Commerce
and other interactive and blended services. The Microsoft Mediaroom platform
will enable MTS Allstream to offer broadcast TV and video on demand (VoD) with
content featuring high definition (HD)-quality picture resolution. MTS
Allstream's IPTV offering will also provide an enhanced user experience by
enabling user-friendly features like instant channel change, multiple picture-
in-picture and personal video recorder (PVR) functionality (such as one-touch
recording and pausing live TV).
    "This new platform is the logical evolution of our existing MTS TV
service, and allows MTS Allstream to continue its success as Manitoba's
telecommunications provider of choice whether it's local service, high-speed
Internet, television or wireless," said Kelvin Shepherd, President Consumer
Market division, MTS Allstream. "By leveraging the network investments we have
made over the past several years, we will be one of the first in North America
to deploy Microsoft Mediaroom. Together with Alcatel-Lucent's TPSDA
architecture, the new platform will reinforce the success of our bundling
strategy and the competitive strength of our business and allow us to continue
a cost-effective service improvement and expansion."
    "As the world leader in both IPTV and Mobile TV deployment, we are
bringing our real-world experience and knowledge to help MTS Allstream
increase the value of their subscriber offerings with more sophisticated
digital communications and entertainment services," said Alex Giosa, president
of Alcatel-Lucent Canada "We also support MTS Allstream's time-to-market
objectives by implementing a secure and reliable infrastructure capable of
delivering high-end multimedia services."
    Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its TPSDA architecture
and will be the end-to-end network integrator. The solution includes an
IP/MPLS network based on the 7750 Service Router (SR) and a broadband access
network based on the 7330 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-
Node (ISAM FTTN). Also included is the Alcatel-Lucent 5750 Subscriber Services
Controller, a flexible, modular and pre-integrated subscriber and policy
management, the 5620 Service Aware Manager, a single management platform
offering element, network and service management and the 5526 Access
Management System for element management.
    In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will provide the design, testing,
integration, deployment and maintenance. Alcatel-Lucent's complete services
network integration brings together the network infrastructure, software
platform and integrations skill sets required to deliver a superior user
experience to MTS Allstream customers. The solution leverages Alcatel-Lucent's
IP Transformation Centers (IPTCs) resources encompassing network, service
platforms and OSS systems.
    Alcatel-Lucent is the leader in end-to end-triple play networks,
currently deploying its TPSDA with 50 operators worldwide, now including MTS
Allstream. Alcatel-Lucent is also the world leader in both IPTV and Mobile TV,
having already enabled TV, video and music services for more than 140 fixed
and mobile service providers around the world.
    
    About MTS Allstream
    
    MTS Allstream Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom
Services Inc., and is one of Canada's leading national communication solutions
providers, delivering innovative products and services through the Enterprise
Solutions and Consumer Markets divisions.  The Enterprise Solutions division,
which operates under the Allstream brand nationally and under the MTS brand in
Manitoba, is a leading competitor in the national business and wholesale
markets. This division offers customers a portfolio of solutions tailored to
the needs of medium and large businesses looking for success in a world of
rapidly evolving technology - Internet protocol-based communications, unified
communications, voice and data connectivity services. The Consumer Markets
division leads every telecommunications market segment in Manitoba, delivering
a full suite of next generation wireless, high-speed Internet and data,
digital television and wireline voice services under the MTS brand, as well as
small business services across Canada under the Allstream brand, and security
and alarm monitoring services through AAA Alarm Systems Ltd., an affiliate of
MTS Allstream which also operates in other western provinces. MTS Allstream's
extensive national broadband fibre optic network spans more than 24,300
kilometres, and provides international connections through strategic alliances
and interconnection agreements with other international service providers.
Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock
Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). For more information, please visit:
www.mtsallstream.com.
    
    About Alcatel-Lucent's Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA)
    
    Alcatel-Lucent's TPSDA, the widely deployed blueprint architecture for
triple play, enables operators to accelerate their IP network transformation
to deliver a full range of personalized multimedia services combining voice,
data and video. TPSDA provides a reliable and scalable IP network foundation
that leverages Alcatel-Lucent's industry-leading broadband access, optics,
carrier-Ethernet and IP technologies and couples them with robust services,
subscriber and network management. TPSDA is further supported by a
comprehensive suite of design, deployment and integration services.
    
    About Alcatel-Lucent
    
    Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:   ALU) provides solutions that
enable service providers, enterprises 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 adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is
incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures
exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales]. For more information,
visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com




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