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March 12, 2009

Telekom Srbija selects Alcatel-Lucent’s optical and broadband access technology for network expansion

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Telekom Srbija selects Alcatel-Lucent’s optical and broadband access technology for network expansion

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has signed a contract with Telekom Srbija, the main telecommunications operator in Serbia, to expand, extend and upgrade their existing network. This will enable the operator to expand its service offering for voice, data and broadband Internet services to more end-users, benefiting from enhanced aggregation and transport capabilities.

“We want to provide our business and residential customers a wide range of beneficial, easy-to-use broadband services,” said Saša Leković, Telekom Srbija CTO. “Alcatel-Lucent’s unique network expertise and the high technical competence of their local team will provide us with a cost-effective upgrade without service interruptions. This will enable us to offer our customers innovative services with the highest quality in just a few months.”

“Our 20 year successful relationship with Telekom Srbija (and PTT Srbija) enabled us to understand their developing network needs and to work together to provide the best solution in a short time frame,” said Arnaud Le Rouen, Alcatel-Lucent’s Country Senior Officer for Serbia. “Our collaboration has continuously evolved over time and we have reached a point where our customer care and quality make a difference.”

Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its packet optical transport solution for DSLAM traffic aggregation and Ethernet business services while the 1626 Light Manager dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) system will be used for long-haul transport. Additionally, Alcatel-Lucent will supply its DSL and Litespan /MSAN technology and the associated services of project management, software integration, integration services and technical support services.

About Telekom Srbija
As the leading telecommunication company in the Western Balkans region, Telekom Srbija a.d. offers to its customers all kinds of services - mobile, fixed and satellite telephony, Internet, multimedia services, data transmission, planning, construction. Telekom Srbija has performed a regional expansion, through the acquisition of the company Telekom Srpske in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the purchase of the third license for the provision of fixed and mobile services in Montenegro. mt:s (Mobile Telephony of Serbia), as the leading brand of Telekom Srbija, is the largest mobile operator on a very competitive Serbian market, with over 61% market share. For more information visit Telekom Srbija on the Internet: external linkhttp://www.telekom.rs

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 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

Iberbanda and Alcatel-Lucent demonstrate WiMAX Rev-e capabilities with a pilot network in Andalusia, Spain

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Iberbanda and Alcatel-Lucent demonstrate WiMAX Rev-e capabilities with a pilot network in Andalusia, Spain

Iberbanda has deployed with the support of its technology partner Alcatel-Lucent (Paris: Euronext and NYSE: ALU) its first pilot network using WiMAX 802.16-e (Rev-e) wireless broadband technology.

A specially equipped bus is being driven around Iberbanda’s R&D center in Malaga testing mobile Internet access and other services such as voice over IP or video surveillance. The bus is equipped with video cameras, screens, phones and PCs so that visitors can experience this advanced wireless technology.

“Iberbanda is a WiMAX service provider of reference and offering our customers the most advanced and useful WiMax-e services available is no doubt an unavoidable step for us,” said Carlos de Castro, Iberbanda Sales Director. “This year will be our starting point to extend our product and services offering for a market launch. We expect to ensure that our customers have the ability to take full advantage of this state-of-the-art technology.”

Iberdanda’s pilot consists of several demonstrations, including Internet navigation, VoIP telephony, videoconference, private networks and video surveillance, all while the bus is moving. This pilot will validate simultaneous use of a WiMAX network by a variety of applications based on the technology capabilities and the assignment of differentiated priorities in the radio interface for the different services.

In December 2008, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it was refocusing its WiMAX R&D efforts on the technology’s key market opportunity, enhanced wireless DSL (digital subscriber line), which includes data-centric mobility usage on netbooks and mobile Internet devices as well as residential and nomadic PC use.

Alcatel-Lucent is the commercial leader in WiMAX Rev-e; with 10 networks in service out of the 35 commercial deployments it has underway. Alcatel-Lucent has shipped more than 10,000 Rev-e base stations, supporting tens of thousands of paying subscribers. It is also a world leader in the provision of sophisticated project management, consulting and design services, applications and software integration and the design, deployment and maintenance of next-generation networks.

WiMAX Rev-e or WiMAX 802.16e-2005
WiMAX Rev-e is a wireless point-to-multipoint access solution for broadband services offering wide coverage and bandwidth up to 20 Mb/s thanks to the use of the most advanced radio algorithms (MIMO and Beam Forming) and intelligent antennas. This technology enables the use of high security networks with true mobility including at speeds of more than 100 km/h.

For the demos Iberbanda’s bus is equipped with WiMAX customer premise equipment (CPE) with WiFi functionality so that multiple devices can be connected in the route. The CPE is connected to a WiMAX base station enabling Internet access at 18 Mb/s download and 3 Mb/s upload speeds. An IP phone, a videoconference system and several cameras for surveillance are also available for the different demos.

Alcatel-Lucent’s solution
For this pilot Alcatel-Lucent is providing the technology and solution, including WiMAX 3.5 GHz base stations providing access to the network core and acting as a metro network hub, a WiMAX access controller enabling connectivity for users, radio aggregation and mobility management, and an Operation and Maintenance Center with a full scope of tools and applications for the network operation and maintenance. For the end-to-end tests performance Alcatel-Lucent will also supply a home agent, DHCP & DNS servers and an AAA server to manage authentication, authorization and registration.

Iberbanda’s services
Iberbanda offers a wide range of services such as high-speed Internet access, telephony, data transmission and network-based added value services. Iberbanda today has more than 40,000 customers in Spain, all of them in rural areas lacking traditional ADSL services involving a more complex and expensive deployment in rural areas compared to the WiMAX 802.16-2004 technology that Iberbanda has been deploying since 2004.

The solution only requires the installation of an antenna in a base station or sector – at distances not greater than 30 km from the point of accessing the Internet – and a receptor next to the customer premises – provided there are no physical barriers between the receptor and the base such as mountains, buildings, etc. This broadband technology is the most suitable solution to enable access in rural areas where other solutions are not as profitable. Additionally, it is highly cost-effective and reliable compare to the limited and expensive connections via satellite.

Iberbanda’s offering is defined by its quality standard and the customers will only benefit from the service where the appropriate service level can be guaranteed, a feature that is not usually offered with rural or satellite-based ADSL.

About Iberbanda
Iberbanda, a broadband communications service provider of reference for rural areas, offers a wide range of services such as high-speed Internet access, telephony, data transmission and network-based value added services that can be requested via its web external linkwww.iberbanda.es or the toll free number 1632.

Making use of its own radio (LMDS, WiMAX) communications network it offers advanced services by providing connectivity for rural areas where there is no broadband infrastructure available.

Iberbanda is a pioneering operator in the implementation of WiMAX IEEE 802.16-2004 for fixed services and one of the first WiMAX Forum members.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 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

Monthly information regarding the total number of voting rights and the total number of shares of the Company

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Monthly information regarding the total number of voting rights and the total number of shares of the Company

rticle L. 233-8-II of the Commercial Code and article 223-16 of General Regulation of the AMF

Information related to February 2009

Date: February 27, 2009

Total number of shares: 2 318 042 722 shares

Total number of voting rights:

Total gross of voting rights: 2 350 308 530

Total net* of voting rights: 2 291 921 135

* Total net= total number of voting rights attached to shares – shares held by the issuer or its subsidiaries without voting rights

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 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

At Enterprise Forum 2009, Alcatel-Lucent demonstrates a next generation integrated solution for emergency call handling, based on PSA Peugeot Citroën eCall system

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At Enterprise Forum 2009, Alcatel-Lucent demonstrates a next generation integrated solution for emergency call handling, based on PSA Peugeot Citroën eCall system

A Pan-European e-call service to save lives and reduce costs

Paris, March 5, 2009 – At the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum 2009 in Paris today Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) announced that it has joined forces with PSA Peugeot Citroën to demonstrate a next generation automated emergency call handling system for first responders. The solution, which is technically ready to be adopted by governments, shows a world premiere: an automatically located emergency call from a Citroën car is handled in a specially-adapted public safety answering point (PSAP) call centre and then transferred to a first responder dispatcher who uses state-of-the-art digital radio technologies (TETRA with WiMAX overlay) to assure that first responders have a maximum amount of information about an accident before arriving.

This is the first time that a TETRA-WiMAX overlay is demonstrated in a real world scenario and the first time automated handling of the emergency call is shown in a true end-to-end scenario that includes the first responder.

Attendees to the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum 2009 will see a live demonstration of eCall in car services through a series of integrated and advanced applications, from the automatic crash notification to a next generation public safety answering point automatically locating the accident on a map over a digital first responder network (TETRA) which is complemented with a broadband overlay based on Alcatel-Lucent’s industry-leading WiMAX 802.16 e wireless broadband technology.

The demonstration brings for the first time an end-to-end Web Services integrated flow of emergency data: from the car’s eCall system to the PSA Peugeot Citroën call center, to the 112 Call center, to the first responder dispatcher, and finally to the emergency fleet vehicle. Through this whole chain the accident context is transferred, qualified and progressively enriched to provide a quicker and more accurate intervention.

The emergency vehicle is equipped with the new TETRA-WiMAX broadband solution that enables it to receive and send high definition document such as the extrication map for a vehicle or the appropriate files for police interventions.

The benefits of such end-to-end integration - from call notification to call handling and dispatching up to the actual first responder – is a dramatic reduction in the time it takes for first responders to arrive at the accident, plus better information for the first responder, allowing him to reduce errors on both reaching the person in distress but also, for example, liberating him from the car. European Commission’s studies have shown that the systematic use of automatic crash notification has a potential to save 2,500 lives per year in Europe.

“Since 2003, we have fitted 650,000 vehicles with telematics in Europe and our emergency call service has already proven successful results with more than 3,500 calls received in the nine European countries where this service is opened. We are sharing our experience with the European Commission and the Members States in order to find the best definition for an efficient pan-European eCall. The ongoing transformation of the first responder communication systems to digital systems is a real opportunity for harmonization and better cross-country integration of these services everywhere in Europe,” said Franck Batocchi, Managing Director Telematic Services, PSA Peugeot Citroën.

Alcatel-Lucent has implemented numerous Emergency call mechanisms in both fixed and mobile operator networks and has provided technologies for e-Call Systems.

“By partnering with PSA Peugeot Citroen, Alcatel-Lucent extends the reach of its solution one step further so that people travel more safely on the roads,” said Michael Fabian, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Vertical market services activities. “We are leveraging our deep understanding of requirements of government agencies responsible for public safety to integrate the best technologies and deliver an integrated, fully operational and robust solution.”

As a leading network integrator and solutions provider for the transportation industry, Alcatel-Lucent has a proven global track record for delivering solutions and the long-term project management required for some of the world’s most demanding and advanced Intelligent Transport Services deployments.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 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

Alcatel-Lucent moves unified communications to center stage in the enterprise with all-in-one Alcatel-Lucent OmniTouch 8400 Instant Communications Suite

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Alcatel-Lucent moves unified communications to center stage in the enterprise with all-in-one Alcatel-Lucent OmniTouch 8400 Instant Communications Suite

Debut of mobile unified communication and high-definition videoconferencing with new all-in-one suite offers improved user experience, easy integration with leading business applications and support for popular mobile devices

Paris, March 4, 2009 – Alcatel-Lucent (Paris: Euronext and NYSE: ALU) today announced extensive support for mobile devices and new applications for its unified communications and collaboration offering, which is now rebranded as the all-in-one OmniTouch 8400 Instant Communications Suite (ICS).

The suite offers the industry’s broadest range of advanced capabilities for making business communications and collaboration easier, enabling companies to better serve customers and increase productivity and innovation while reducing costs. In addition to advanced support for leading mobile devices, new features include integration of high-definition video for presentations and videoconferencing and advanced voice messaging services.
The Alcatel-Lucent OmniTouch 8400 ICS brings together telephony, PBX-agnostic messaging and one-number services using IP-based session initiation protocol (SIP), fax services, collaboration/conferencing services, mobility services and extensible markup language (XML) web services.Its open, Linux-based architecture enables businesses to easily integrate their existing business applications into the OmniTouch 8400 ICS platform. With the new features, the suite provides more ways for dynamic enterprises to keep their employees—and even partners and customers—connected and always reachable for increased efficiency, whether they’re in the office, at home or on the road and regardless of the device they are using.

“Companies today are being challenged to outpace the recession and drive new business growth. Unified communications makes this possible, enabling companies to connect their diverse populations while reducing IT, travel and energy costs,” said Tom Burns, President of Alcatel-Lucent enterprise activities. “With the OmniTouch 8400 ICS, users can enjoy the same high-quality collaboration experience, whether they are communicating over phone, desktop PC, laptop or smartphone. Its open environment means companies can easily integrate existing applications into a unified communications environment.”

New Support for Leading Mobile Devices The advanced capabilities of the Alcatel-Lucent OmniTouch 8400 ICS now extend to popular smartphones that enable users to do such things as access the Internet, take pictures, read email and make a phone call. The new My Instant Communicator Mobile application, sold in the package or as a stand-alone offering, provides a broad range of ICS functionality for leading mobile platforms including full support for enterprise telephony features, presence, instant messaging, comprehensive directory search, call log, dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi connectivity with seamless handoff. With the addition of ICS mobile, remote workers and mobile professional users get consistent services and user experiences, regardless of the device. For example, their calls can be forwarded automatically to a cell phone, they can arrange for a conference call and can access the system directory to call colleagues.

New Full-Screen HD Video The new high-definition H.264-based Web video capabilities enable superior quality videoconferencing over a PC or laptop computer, with the ease of use of a consumer product. Using My Instant Communicator and My Teamwork, a browser and an appropriate Web camera, users can transform an instant messaging discussion into a peer-to-peer, high-definition video call, or even into a multi-party videoconference that includes video telephones and video conference room systems. During the meeting, users may visually interact while sharing a presentation, conducting a poll or providing remote desktop assistance. The solution supports voice-activated video switching, multi-image display, or both.

New Advanced Voice Messaging Updated voice messaging capabilities include the ability to access messages from any device, use of software defined buttons (soft keys) to manage voice functions, greater scalability of up to 100,000 users across multiple sites and flexibility with an open SIP-based architecture that is PBX-agnostic for easy integration into any existing network. The new messaging software also provides flexible storage options for secure management of information such as storage area network (SAN), email or dedicated OmniTouch 8400 storage.

Alcatel-Lucent also is introducing a new audio conferencing application that is compatible with virtually any existing PBX system, offering companies an entry-level, in-house audio conferencing solution and a step toward unified communications that provides a fast return on investment.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 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

Legendary tennis venue Wimbledon transforms media and visitor communications services with Alcatel-Lucent solution

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Legendary tennis venue Wimbledon transforms media and visitor communications services with Alcatel-Lucent solution

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), home of The Championships, Wimbledon, has deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s communication solutions to provide more dynamic services for the media, spectators and staff. The phased deployment, carried out by Alcatel-Lucent business partner Actimax and managed by telecoms and IT consultancy MAC Systems, will also enable the organisation to improve billing accuracy, consistency and increase revenue streams.

The AELTC is responsible for staging the world’s leading tennis tournament, Wimbledon, host to more than 450,000 visitors – including more than 600 journalists – each year. Based on Alcatel-Lucent’s IP telephony platform, the new solution lets the media create customised user profiles, and allows easy access to Internet and phone services with handsets that deliver unique voice and graphical support in multiple languages.

Key users will also benefit from Alcatel-Lucent’s unified communications tools that enable them to easily participate in audio conferences and share documents online. In addition, the tools improve collaboration among AELTC employees and let freelance staff access system resources remotely.

“Millions of people worldwide rely on the media to follow The Championships, so it is imperative that we can provide them with fast, flexible 21st century services,” said Jeff Lucas, head of IT at AELTC. “Thanks to the new solution from Alcatel-Lucent, we will be able to provide more comprehensive support for our users, which should improve their experiences during the event.”

Prior to deployment of the new system, the media booked communication services through a variety of outsourced providers. This approach proved time-consuming and costly, with the AELTC having limited control over service quality or pricing. Now it can guarantee a high standard of service with a consistent pricing structure.

Actimax was responsible for the implementation of the new systems, which also included using Alcatel-Lucent’s contact centre technology to support the AELTC Ticket Office. Furthermore, by streamlining internal call reporting, AELTC has been able to rationalise the time it has taken to produce reports.

The project was designed and managed by MAC Systems, which recommended the Alcatel-Lucent and Actimax partnership to AELTC based on the two companies’ extensive voice and data experience. Actimax is now undertaking the second of the two main deployment phases, while future plans being considered by AELTC include the use of XML applications to feed real-time information – such as tennis scores and court changes – to telephone handsets.

“AELTC is utilising technology to transform its facilities and enhance the experience of all visitors to the venue. This is an ambitious project and given the range of solutions being installed, a phased rollout is the best way of meeting AELTC’s unique requirements and minimising internal disruption,” said John Massey, managing director at Actimax.

“World class venues like AELTC maintain their reputations through the continued provision of world class services,” said David Parker, vice president for Alcatel-Lucent’s enterprise activities in the UK and Ireland. “Alcatel-Lucent has a proven record in the leisure and hospitality sector, helping major venues and sporting organisations integrate their networks, people, processes and knowledge in order to improve service and become dynamic enterprises.”

Additional information about Alcatel-Lucent’s specific solution can be found at the following links:
Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX Enterprise

OmniTouch 8600 My Instant Communicator

My Teamwork

OmniTouch Contact Center

About Actimax
Actimax is a major supplier in the UK of complex and converged voice and data systems including collaboration, call centre technology and VoIP using MPLS networks. Its customers include Historic Royal Palaces, The Restaurant Group, Delfont Mackintosh and Enfield Council.

For more information visit external linkwww.actimax.co.uk

About MAC Systems
MAC Systems has a proven track record of successful consultancy, project management and implementation at both SME and corporate level. A select network of strategic partnerships and support services enables MAC Systems to offer their clients the “right business solution” through either established or hot off the press ideas.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 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

Alcatel-Lucent wins contract from Tata Teleservices Limited for expansion of their CDMA/GSM network in 22 states with SDH technology

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Alcatel-Lucent wins contract from Tata Teleservices Limited for expansion of their CDMA/GSM network in 22 states with SDH technology

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:ALU) announced today that it has won a contract from Tata Teleservices Ltd, India’s premier unified telecommunication provider. This contract, covering over 7 years will enable Tata Teleservices to expand their CDMA /GSM network in 22 states pan India, covering close to 60 million subscribers.

Alcatel-Lucent’s solution will enable Tata Teleservices to deliver data, voice, video and multimedia services with higher reliability and to meet the increasing traffics demands thanks to its scalability. Based on its flexible optical multi-service node technology, the Alcatel-Lucent optical multi-service node solution will help the Indian operator respond very quickly to customers’ requirements.

Its deployment will help optimize the service provider’s CAPEX and OPEX with a common set of tools to manage the overall optical transmission network in most cost effective manner. This equipment is ideal for a wide range of applications, including data communications, voice, imaging, video and multimedia services. Its particular characteristic of being scalable makes it ideal for the traffic demands for services like multimedia expected on the network as the expansion progresses.

Additionally, it helps improve the quality of the network efficiency and hence enables the operator to increase the number of services offered. It optimally reduces the operating cost using efficient network management technology which males the remote control of the network possible without major on-site activities.

“As a strategic technology partner of Tata Teleservices, Alcatel-Lucent has worked hard to meet our exacting standards as we strive to provide state-of-the-art services to our customers. We are confident that Alcatel-Lucent can help us deliver world-class solutions for our customers and helping us with the advantage in quick, efficient and flexible network” stated Mr. A. G. Rao, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Teleservices Limited.”

“As Indian operators are beginning to engage in content aggregation and distribution, this new contract confirms our commitment to partner with our customers to help them leverage state-of-the-art networks that support their business goals and strategy,” said Vivek Mohan, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in India. “The continued cooperation with Tata Teleservices is taking a new step forward to extend the reach of its offering to deliver Indian subscribers new services with the highest reliability.”

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 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

About Tata Teleservices Limited
Tata Teleservices Limited is one of India’s leading private telecom service providers, having a pan-India presence. The company offers integrated telecom solutions to its customers under the Tata Indicom brand, and uses the latest technology platform(s) for its wireless network. Tata Teleservices Limited, along with Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited, operates in more than 7,500 towns across 22 circles—Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Delhi NCR, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Kolkata, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, RoWB, Assam, North Eastern States and Jammu & Kashmir. Tata Indicom has a customer base of nearly 32 million. In November 2008, Tata Teleservices entered into an agreement with Japanese telecom major NTT DOCOMO, as part of which the Japanese company acquired a 26% stake in TTSL for USD 2.7 billion. The transaction marks a key step in the strategic evolution of Tata Teleservices, as it moves towards a pan-India dual network presence. Tata Teleservices’ bouquet of telephony services includes mobile services, wireless desktop phones, public booth telephony and wireline services.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 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

Gwinnett County Public Schools connects homebound students with Alcatel-Lucent Unified Communications and Collaboration solution

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Gwinnett County Public Schools connects homebound students with Alcatel-Lucent Unified Communications and Collaboration solution

In an effort to better educate the greatest number of the county’s pupils, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), has extended the classroom beyond its campuses to reach home bound students through state-of-the-art collaboration technology provided by Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU). With its new capabilities, the Gwinnett district, the largest school district in the state of Georgia, is embracing the digital age and creating a more interactive learning environment for homebound students, while dramatically reducing costs across its campuses.

The new Alcatel-Lucent Voice over IP (VoIP) solution will link 114 schools in Gwinnett, providing a major reduction in telephony charges for a district that serves more than 157,600 students and employees a staff of approximately 22,000. Gwinnett is also using the Alcatel-Lucent OmniTouch My Teamwork Unified Conferencing and Collaboration solution to better connect teachers and homebound students reducing the need for travel. The county hosts approximately 60 audio-visual calls per week serving 600 to 700 students who need to be educated at home.

“Previously, our teachers would either travel to each homebound student to provide a few hours of daily instruction or use an audio bridge to conduct group lessons. Voice-only instruction lacks the graphics and visual aids that help keep young, inquisitive students engaged,” said Rick Overton, Director of Telecommunications & Network Services, Information Management Division, Gwinnett County Public Schools. “Alcatel-Lucent’s VoIP network and the My Teamwork solution help teachers provide a richer learning experience — they can use video clips for a history lesson, interactive graphing for science or white-board instruction for math.”

The Gwinnett County Public Schools IP network already used a range of Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch Ethernet switches to provide the bandwidth and security needed by students and faculty for on campus communications. The more recent deployment of the Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX Enterprise provides a new VoIP solution and allows the district to centralize its main voice switches at the district headquarters, extending remote call servers with back up circuits at each school building when fully complete.

Morse Communications, Inc., an Alcatel-Lucent business partner, worked as project leader to gather requirements, customize and install the VoIP equipment, manage service cutover and train the school district staff. Morse currently is providing full-time, on-site backup support for the school system as well as ongoing service, maintenance and consultation.

“Effective and efficient communications technology is critical when creating a dynamic learning environment that makes it possible for students to connect with teachers, fellow students and other knowledge resources safely and securely - anytime, anywhere,” said Tom Burns, who heads Alcatel-Lucent enterprise activities. “My Teamwork will help Gwinnett County Public Schools expand access to education beyond the four walls of the classroom. Our solution helps school districts reduce travel requirements and transportation costs with a virtual infrastructure that brings students and teachers together when they can’t reach the brick and mortar classroom.”

Additional information about Alcatel-Lucent solutions for education is available online.

About Morse Communications
Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the firm provides design, installation, maintenance and consultative services over a wide range of communications projects including telephony systems, advanced software application servers, contact center solutions, on-premise wiring, access control and security, digital video security monitoring, WAN/LAN IP networking, and Category 5, 5e and 6 cabling.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 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

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum challenges organizations: Become a Dynamic Enterprise

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Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum challenges organizations: Become a Dynamic Enterprise
lcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that CEO Ben Verwaayen will deliver the keynote presentation at the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum customer event on March 4. The presentation will be broadcast live via the web at 10am CET/Paris. The Enterprise Forum, in its 19th year, is a major meeting point for enterprise customers, service providers, distributors and application developers from around the world. This year’s Forum takes place March 4 and 5 at the Palais des Congreś, Porte Maillot, Paris.

Additional information about Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Forum 2009
The main topics at this year’s event are built around helping businesses to Become a Dynamic Enterprise, one in which communications-enabled business capabilities supported by innovative technology and applications from Alcatel-Lucent help companies generate new revenue and reduce costs.

New technology/Cool Apps
Alcatel-Lucent will demonstrate recently introduced touchatag technology, an innovation from Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs being commercialized by Alcatel-Lucent Ventures where the system uses near-field communication technology to connect objects with online applications. Using this technology, visitors at Forum will be able to simply touch specialized badges to receive audio descriptions of selected demonstrations through their mobile phones. Rather than toting around plastic bags full of brochures and white papers, documentation relating to demos and conferences can be collected with touchatag and stored in a “digital bag” accessible through a personal Internet page.

Additional highlights will include demonstrations of the award-winning OmniAcesss 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian mobility solution, new applications for the company’s unified communications portfolio, and customer testimonials of successfully deployed communications solutions linking the network, people, process and knowledge.

Speakers:

* Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent
* Tom Burns, President of Enterprise Product Group, Alcatel-Lucent
* Peter Sondergaard, Senior Vice-President, Gartner Research
* Steven Shepard, Founder, Shepard Communications Group

When

* Wednesday, March 4, 2009
* 10am CMT / 5pm Beijing /webcast to be rebroadcast.

To attend the webcast or for more information on Forum please go to:

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/enterprise-forum

This year, groups on LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social networking sites are extending the discussion beyond the physical Forum event.

About the Alcatel-Lucent dynamic enterprise vision
Alcatel-Lucent helps enterprises worldwide turn every interaction into a business opportunity. By interconnecting their core assets — network, people, processes and knowledge — dynamic enterprises realize competitive advantage through strengthened relationships, simplified communications, and improved performance.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 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

Alcatel-Lucent has exceeded one million users of its OmniPCX Office solution for SMBs in Iberia

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Alcatel-Lucent has exceeded one million users of its OmniPCX Office solution for SMBs in Iberia

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has announced that its solution for small-medium businesses (SMBs) - the Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX Office - is already used by more than one million users in Iberia. The solution is a key component of the Alcatel-Lucent Office Communication Solutions for small and medium sized businesses.

“With more than one million users in Iberia benefiting from the OmniPCX Office, Alcatel-Lucent has the proven credentials to deliver integrated, easy-to-use, end-to-end business-critical communications solutions for SMBs,” said Rafael Martínez, marketing director of enterprise activities in Iberia for Alcatel-Lucent. “With this, we are clearly a leader in IP communications solutions for SMBs, and reinforce our ongoing commitment to our customers and partners with innovative solutions in support of a dynamic communications model that helps businesses be successful through integration of their network, people, process and knowledge.”

Office Communications Solutions is the cornerstone of the Alcatel-Lucent SMB strategy to deliver multiple services - IP communications, Internet telephony and presence, collaboration, and mobility - across networks with the best user-centric experience. These solutions are exclusively designed from the ground-up for SMB market and supported by a dedicated SMB channel programs.

About the Alcatel-Lucent dynamic enterprise vision
Alcatel-Lucent helps enterprises worldwide turn every interaction into a business opportunity. By interconnecting their core assets - network, people, processes and knowledge - dynamic enterprises realize competitive advantage through strengthened relationships, simplified communications, and improved performance.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 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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