Enhancements to Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS portfolio Smooth Way for Introduction of Next-Generation Mobile Services

    Optimization of 7750/7710 Service Router platforms builds on
    Alcatel-Lucent's leadership in mobile IP network transformation

    PARIS, Jan. 23 /CNW/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext: Paris and NYSE:   ALU)
today announced the expansion of its market- leading Mobile Evolution
Transport Architecture (META) with the introduction of new hardware and
software innovations for its IP/MPLS service router portfolio. These
innovations smooth the way for the delivery of next- generation mobile
services by enabling operators worldwide to construct highly resilient,
enduring network infrastructures that provide greater flexibility and
efficiency as networks evolve from 2G to 3G and beyond, ultimately offering
truly broadband capabilities on the go.
    Mobile applications are becoming more and more ubiquitous and
indispensable for subscribers in their daily lives, with users today
increasingly using applications such as Web surfing, multimedia messaging,
photo sharing and video streaming on their mobile handsets. This trend is
forecast to accelerate over the coming months and years with the increasing
availability of even more bandwidth-intensive and time-sensitive applications
such as mobile TV, and interactive video gaming. To meet this anticipated
demand, mobile operators must provide the greater bandwidth and improved
resiliency these services require.  The enhancements to Alcatel-Lucent's
IP/MPLS portfolio address these requirements through dramatic improvements in
network efficiency, capacity, density, reliability and resiliency.
    "Packet transformation of mobile transport networks will emerge as a
major theme in 2008," said Mark Seery, vice president, Switching and Routing,
Ovum RHK. "The mobile network environment remains a complicated multi-protocol
environment requiring quality, reliability, and segment specific features.
Alcatel-Lucent's combination of experience in mobile transport networks and
its successful IP/MPLS product portfolio position it well for this
    Among the key beneficiaries of these enhancements to Alcatel-Lucent's
IP/MPLS portfolio are operators of CDMA-based mobile networks, who are looking
for ways to simplify and consolidate their legacy radio access network (RAN)
backhaul infrastructures in order to reduce operational complexity and total
cost of ownership. The capabilities announced today in the 7710/7750 SR
platforms enable the consolidation of multiple pairs of aggregation routers
and multi-layer switches into a single pair of Service Routers - significantly
reducing operational complexity.  As a result, CDMA operators are able to
reduce their footprint and power consumption, and hence their operating costs.
    "In order to profitably deploy new broadband wireless services that can
help them differentiate themselves from their competitors, mobile carriers are
beginning to invest in the transformation of their network infrastructures by
migrating to a more robust and scalable converged IP/MPLS backbone," said
Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent's IP activities. "Alcatel-Lucent
continues to lead the market with a comprehensive IP/MPLS service router
portfolio that is optimized for mobile network environments, now further
enhanced with a best-in-class feature set built to deliver an end-to-end
mobile IP/MPLS backhaul solution that enables network convergence and
    New product innovations -- which enhance interface flexibility for
increased network efficiency, capacity and density for mobile network
environments -- include:
     -- 4-port Channelized DS3/E3 Any Service Any Port (ASAP) Media Dependent
        Adaptor (MDA)
     -- 12-port Channelized DS3/E3 ASAP MDA
     -- 1-port Channelized OC-12/STM4 ASAP MDA
     -- 1-port Channelized OC-3/STM-1 Circuit Emulation Services (CES) MDA
     -- 1-port Channelized OC-3/STM-1 CES Compact Media Adaptor (CMA)(*)
    New enhancements for the Alcatel-Lucent Service Router Operating System
(SR OS) -- which dramatically improve network reliability and resiliency (with
failover times 2-3 times faster than alternative solutions, thus preventing
dropped calls and enhancing customer satisfaction), include:
     -- Multi-chassis Automatic Protection Switching (APS)
     -- Stateful Multi-Link Point-to-Point Protocol (MLPPP) resiliency
     -- ATM Pseudowire redundancy
     -- Multi-Class MLPPP

    For more information, please visit: www.alcatel-lucent.com/ipnews
    Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS solutions have been selected by a growing list of
mobile operators for their network transformation including Avea, China
Mobile, HITS Telecom Uganda, Mobitel, UMC Ukraine, SFR, Softbank Mobile and
Vodafone. In total, Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS solutions have been selected by
more than 190 service providers in more than 75 countries. During the third
quarter of 2007, Alcatel-Lucent reinforced its #2 position in IP/MPLS edge
garnering 18% of the market according to Ovum-RHK.
    (*)7710 SR only
    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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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, or Tony Lucido, +33(0)1-40-76-49-80, 
alucido@alcatel-lucent.com, or Don Sweeney, +1-908-582-6153, 
dsweeney@alcatel-lucent.com Web Site: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com          

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