Centre De Sante et de Services Sociaux Haut-Richelieu-Rouville in Quebec Selects Alcatel-Lucent and SSP Telecom to Upgrade its Communications Infrastructure

    MONTREAL and MURRAY HILL, N.J., Oct. 11 /CNW/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext
Paris and NYSE:   ALU) and SSP Telecom, an Alcatel-Lucent business partner based
in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, today announced that Centre De Sante Et De Services
Sociaux Haut-Richelieu-Rouville (CSSS HRR), Quebec, has selected
Alcatel-Lucent to help upgrade the health care provider's wired and wireless
data infrastructure across its 14 sites.
    As part of the network transformation, an advanced IP network for CSSS
HRR that leverages a wide range of Alcatel-Lucent's product portfolio,
including IP core routing, edge access and centralized management and security
will be provided.  SSP Telecom is providing installation, deployment, program
management and maintenance for the new network.
    "CSSS HRR is dedicated to providing outstanding patient care and
services, which means we must have a state-of-the-art, reliable, scalable
communications system for our physicians, staff and administration," said
Daniel Burgoyne, CIO of CSSS HRR.  "Alcatel-Lucent and SSP Telecom were
selected based on their vast knowledge and experience in IP networking and
deep understanding of the specific needs of the health care market."
    The Alcatel-Lucent solution includes the award winning OmniSwitch 9700,
which provides resiliency and security features through the Alcatel-Lucent
Operating System (AOS), and is optimized for use in the network core and
aggregation layer where large amounts of user data are consolidated for 10
Gigabit connections. The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6850-P24 at the edge, and
security features include network access control via Alcatel-Lucent Access
Guardian, and malicious attack containment provided by the Alcatel-Lucent
Quarantine Manager.
    "CSSS HRR was looking for more than supplier-customer relationship.  As
the complexity of health care and communications continues to grow, they were
looking for a technology advisor and consultative approach to provide a total
solution," said Alex Giosa, President of Alcatel-Lucent's business in Canada.
"The Alcatel-Lucent IP network gives CSSS HRR the reliability, dependability
and security communications network required to provide superior patient care
both inside and outside the Haut-Richelieu Rouville campus environment."
    "Our experience in both the enterprise space and the health care industry
make us an ideal choice to help create an advanced IP network for CSSS HRR,"
said Robert Dessureault, President of SSP Telecom.  "We understand the vision
and mission of CSSS HRR and are excited to help take patience care to another
    About Centre De Sante Et De Services Sociaux Haut-Richelieu-Rouville
    CSSS stands for "Centre Sante et Services Sociaux".  There are currently
95 Health and Social Services Centers in Quebec.  The CSSS' overall mission is
to understand the state of health and well-being of the population on its
territory; to take appropriate steps to ensure proper case management,
counseling and support for clients; to optimize timely management of the range
of services in order to prevent illnesses from progressing to more advanced
stages requiring more intensive and costly care.
    The CSSS Haut-Richelieu-Rouville was created in July 2004, it's a
regional hospital with 14 satellites on the south shore of Montreal, it has
around 3,300 employees, 300 doctors covering a population of 160,000 people.
Its annual budget is around 170 million dollars. Its number of employees and
medical employees make the CSSS Haut Richelieu Rouville one of the 15 most
important Health care Centers in Province of Quebec.
    About SSP Telecom
    SSP Telecom was created in 2000. They plan and build voice and IP voice
networks which interface on fiber optics, data or microwaves structured
networks.  SSP telecom has clients all across Canada. The SSP Telecom main
office is located in the Trois-Rivieres, Canada, and they have branches in
Montreal (Qc), Kanata (Ont.), Calgary (Alb.), and Burnaby (B.C.).  SSP
Telecom's mission is to integrate completes high quality telephones systems,
while offering unequalled and multilingual services regarding formation,
support and maintenance.
    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

For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Gregoire, +1-450-358-2578, ext. 8858, 
Sylvie.gregoire@rrsss16.gouv.qc.ca, or Francine Choiniere, +1-450-358-2578, 
ext. 8857, Francine.choiniere@rrsss16.gouv.qc.ca, both of CSSS HRR; or Pierre 
Trahan, +1-877-693-2535, Pierre@ssp-telecom.com, or Robert Dessureault, 
+1-877-693-2535, Robert@ssp-telecom.com, both of SSP Telecom; or for Alcatel- 
Lucent Press, Denise Panyik-Dale, +1-908-582-4897, 
dpanyikdale@alcatel-lucent.com, or Alix Cavallari, +33(0)1-40-76-16-58, 
alix.cavallari@alcatel-lucent.com; or for Alcatel-Lucent Investor Relations, 
Scott Ashby, +33(0)1-40-76-29-90, scott.ashby@alcatel-lucent.com, or Maria 
Alcon, +33(0)1-40-76-15-17, maria.alcon@alcatel-lucent.com, or John DeBono, 
+1-908-582-7793, debono@alcatel-lucent.com Web Site:

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