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March 28, 2009

Light up your life with Sony Ericsson’s stylish new T707 mobile phone

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Light up your life with Sony Ericsson’s stylish new T707 mobile phone

Add a touch of glamour to your day with the stunning new T707 mobile phone from Sony Ericsson. This innovative phone radiates style and glamour with its unique, eye-catching light effects and gesture control to guarantee you will never be left in the dark!

Miami, USA – 26th March 2009 – Sony Ericsson today announced its latest mobile phone, the T707, with tennis star and style icon Maria Sharapova, who perfectly epitomises the phone’s sleek and elegant qualities.

The T707 truly interacts with the user – it lights up when you receive a call and you can personalise the light settings to each of your friends, so you always know who wants you. If you are too busy to answer, simply end the call with a wave of your hand over the screen – you can also do the same gesture to snooze the alarm – your very own magic wand!

“The T707 is my ultimate new accessory,” said Maria. “I am always on the go and I need a phone that is easy to use, and of course chic as well! I never miss a call with the eye-catching light effects and personalised pulsation settings and I love the fact that I can just wave my hand to mute a call using the gesture control. I can also use my practical and stylish Bluetooth™ Headset HBH-PV715 to take my calls, check my emails and blog to my website from the phone. It’s great to have a phone that looks good but also lets me keep up-to-date with everything I need.”

Perfect pixels for every pose
Coordinate the T707 to any outfit, as it comes in a rainbow range of three clam shells to suit every mood. Whatever you wear will be perfectly captured by the 3.2 megapixel camera, making sure that you stand out on screen as much as you do in real life. The photos can then be uploaded to your personal social networking site using the HTML web browser, so you and your friends can keep up to date wherever you are.

Customise your phone like your clothes
With the T707 you will never be left behind in the style stakes, as the 2.2 inch screen is waiting to be customised to your individual taste. The changing wallpaper themes will ensure that you are never caught wearing clashing colours! The theme also changes from day into evening, which is perfect if, like Maria, you need to match with everything from tennis whites to a little black dress.

Packed with extras, as one option is never enough…
This is one accessory you will never leave home without as the T707 packs in more extras than even your handbag. The FM radio and Bluetooth™ audio streaming will entertain you when you are out and about, and you can download music, games and ringtones at the touch of a button with PlayNow™ to ensure that boredom is something which happens to other people!

“The T707 is the next step in the style evolution from Sony Ericsson,” said Linda Schori, Global Marketing Business Manager for Style Category, Sony Ericsson. “Maria Sharapova is the perfect partner for us as she exemplifies not only elegance but also substance, just like the T707. It works hard and is also sleek, glamorous and desirable – a truly winning combination!”

Maria knows that all eyes will be on her this season and thanks to her new T707; she can rest assured that whatever she does, she will look stylish, glamorous and be in control of her life with just the wave of a hand.

The T707
The light of your life

• Unique pulsating notification and light effects
• Day and Night changing theme
• Gesture control for muting calls and alarm
• Capture moments with 3.2 MP camera

The T707 supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 2100. The
T707a supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900/2100. The T707 will be available in selected markets from Q2 in the colours Mysterious Black, Spring Rose and Lucid Blue.

The Sony Ericsson T707 at a glance

Camera

* 3.2 megapixel camera
* Up to 3.2x digital zoom
* Photo fix
* Picture blogging
* Video blogging
* Video recording
* Video light

Music

* Media player
* Mega Bass™
* Album art
* PlayNow™
* TrackID™
* Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
* Music tones (MP3/AAC)

Web

* Access NetFront™ Web browser
* Web shortcut search key
* Web feeds
* Photo feeds

Communication

* Polyphonic ringtones
* Speakerphone
* Vibrating alert
* Video calling (main camera)

Messaging

* Email
* Exchange ActiveSync®
* Text messaging (SMS)
* Chat View
* Picture messaging (MMS)
* Predictive text input
* Sound recorder

Design

* Light effects
* Pulsating light notification
* Gesture control
* Day and Night changing theme
* Picture wallpaper
* Wallpaper animation

Entertainment

* Media
* YouTube™
* 3D games
* Motion gaming
* Java
* FM radio with RDS
* Video streaming
* Video viewing

Connectivity

* Bluetooth™ technology
* Modem
* Synchronization
* USB mass storage
* USB support

Organizer

* Alarm clock
* Calculator
* Calendar
* Flight mode
* Notes
* Phone book
* Stopwatch
* Tasks
* Timer

Location-based services

* Geo tagging of photos
* Google Maps™

Accessories

In-box:

* The T707
* Battery
* Charger
* Stereo Portable handsfree
* User documentation

Facts and Figures

* Size: 93 x 50 x 14.1 mm
* Weight: 95 grams

Colours:

* Mysterious Black
* Spring Rose
* Lucid Blue

Main screen

* Type: 262,144 colour TFT, scratch-resistant
* Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
* Size: 2.2 inches

External screen

* Type: Monochromatic OLED, scratch-resistant
* Resolution: 128 x 36 pixels
* Size: 1.1”

* Phone memory: Up to 100MB

* Memory card support:
* Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™)

* Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 10 hrs
* Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 400 hrs

* Talk time UMTS: Up to 4 hrs
* Standby time UMTS: Up to 400 hrs

* Video call time: Up to 2 hrs

Availability and versions

Networks
T707

* GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
* UMTS/HSDPA 2100

T707a

* GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
* UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900/2100

1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant.

2) Talk and standby times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.

© Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, 2009.

The liquid identity, TrackID and PlayNow are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. Sony, Walkman, Mega Bass and Smile Shutter are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
Ericsson is the trademark or registered trademark of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.
TrackID is powered by Gracenote Mobile MusicID. Gracenote and Gracenote Mobile MusicID are trademarks of Gracenote, Inc.
Bluetooth is a trademark or registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG Inc.
Picture blogging is powered by Blogger. Blogger, YouTube and Google Maps are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc. Google is a trademark or registered trademark of Google Inc.
Snapfish, the Snapfish logo, and other Snapfish graphics, logos, and service names are trademarks of Snapfish.
Java and all Java-based trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Microsoft and Exchange ActiveSync are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. Subject to change without prior notice.

Sony Ericsson is a top, global industry player with sales of around 97 million phones in 2008. Diversity is one of the core strengths of the company, with operations in over 80 countries including manufacturing in China and R&D sites in China, Europe, India, Japan and North America. Sony Ericsson was established as a 50:50 joint venture by Sony and Ericsson in October 2001, with global corporate functions located in London.

Sony Ericsson Open in Miami puts Tennis on top of cars

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Sony Ericsson Open in Miami puts Tennis on top of cars

Sony Ericsson takes the game to new heights with ‘Traffic Tennis’

Miami FL, United States – March 23, 2009 – To mark the start of the Sony Ericsson Open, 2009, ‘Traffic Tennis’ was staged using top-ranked tennis players Venus Williams and Andy Murray who rallied with each other while standing on the roofs of two vehicles, stuck in traffic on Ocean Drive, Miami. Traffic Tennis was set against the signature art deco backdrop of South Beach while onlookers marveled at the sights of tennis being played where they would not naturally expect it.

When asked about her experience, world number five, female player; Venus Williams commented: “The Sony Ericsson Open is one of the most entertaining and glamorous tournaments on the calendar. This is not only due to its location but also the activities that surround the tournament, taking tennis off the court and increasing the excitement.”

World number four, male player, Andy Murray said:”I always look forward to coming back to Miami and playing in the Sony Ericsson Open. It’s one of the most exciting tournaments on the calendar and events like these help generate a tremendous amount of exposure for our sport.”

Corporate vice president and head of global communications and PR, Aldo Liguori said: “Sony Ericsson is known as a challenger brand recognised for its passion and innovation. ‘Traffic Tennis’ perfectly shows we were able to take the game to a new scenario and audiences simultaneously, thus energising the total experience of the Sony Ericsson Open.”

The stunt involved modifying two SUVs with platforms and safety harnesses by a stunt rigger to the roof of the cars. The game was played on Ocean Drive to capture the imagination of South Beach and set against the backdrop of a world renowned art deco architecture hub to create an iconic image that captures the essence of 2009 Sony Ericsson Open; entertainment, glamour and innovation.

Sony Ericsson is able to activate the ‘lifestyle factor’ through the tournament, which in turn help to widen its appeal in the multimedia age and take tennis beyond the confines of the court to new audiences. At this year’s Sony Ericsson Open, attendees can experience the innovative design and functionality of Sony Ericsson products and accessories in the Experience booth and receive the latest Tennis updates through a text messaging program by texting ‘Tennis’ to 32391 to get daily tournament updates. Coco Walk and Mary Brickell Village will also see some action as Sony Ericsson extends the tennis theme into the nightlife of Miami. In addition to player appearances, there will be an opportunity to experience the latest Sony Ericsson mobile phones and receive special offers from Best Buy.

After a fantastic 2008 tournament with Nikolay Davydenko and Serena Williams both triumphing; 2009 is set to be another fantastic event as Serena attempts a record-breaking sixth crown. The 2009 Sony Ericsson Open will be played March 25 - April 5 at Crandon Park, Miami and features the world’s top men and women tennis players battling for a total prize fund of US$9 million.

Sony Ericsson is the title sponsor of the Sony Ericsson Open, the unofficial fifth grand slam. The sponsorship has enabled Sony Ericsson to engage with consumers in countries as diverse as Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Qatar, Russia, USA and Brazil while achieving its goal of energising their experience through the integration of mobile phone technology.

Please click on the link below to view images and a video footage of the Traffic Tennis:
http://www.downloads.ucom.de/media/Sony_Ericsson/Stunt_Miami/

Notes to Editors:

About Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson is a top, global industry player with sales of around 97 million phones in 2008. Diversity is one of the core strengths of the company, with operations in over 80 countries including manufacturing in China and R&D sites in China, Europe, India, Japan and North America. Sony Ericsson was established as a 50:50 joint venture by Sony and Ericsson in October 2001, with global corporate functions located in London.

About The Sony Ericsson Open
The 2009 Sony Ericsson Open will be played March 25- April 5 at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami. The 12-day combined event, founded by Butch Buchholz in 1985, is owned by IMG. The Sony Ericsson Open is one of nine ATP Masters Series events on the ATP calendar, a top tier event on the Sony Ericsson WTA TOUR calendar, and features the top men’s and women’s tennis players in the world. In 2008, Nikolay Davydenko defeated Rafael Nadal for his first Sony Ericsson Open title, while Serena Williams defeated Jelena Jankovic to win her record-tying fifth title in Miami. For ticket information, call (305) 442-3367 or visit the website at www.SonyEricssonOpen.com.

Sony Ericsson announces management change in North America

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Sony Ericsson announces management change in North America

London, UK - Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications (“Sony Ericsson”) today announced that Najmi Jarwala, President of Sony Ericsson USA and Head of Region North America (comprising the US and Canada markets), has chosen to leave the company at the end of March to pursue other career opportunities.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Dick Komiyama, President of Sony Ericsson, said, “Under Najmi’s leadership we have redefined our North American strategy, built operational excellence and strengthened our total presence considerably in this very important market. We are sad to see him leave Sony Ericsson after more than three successful years, but at the same time we wish him all the best for his future.”

“It has been an incredibly rewarding time for me and we have achieved a lot together in North America,” said Najmi Jarwala. “We have introduced an increasing number of new products, grown market share, built operator relationships and, perhaps most importantly, have laid the foundation for North America to play a key role in the long term growth and success of Sony Ericsson. I have been privileged to have led a team of passionate, creative and innovative people at Sony Ericsson and I wish them every success,” he added.

A separate announcement regarding Najmi’s successor in his dual role will be made in due course. In the interim, and effective April 1st, Anders Runevad, Executive Vice President of Sony Ericsson and Head of Global Sales & Marketing, will take on the added responsibilities of President of Sony Ericsson USA and Head of Region North America.

Sony Ericsson is a top, global industry player with sales of around 97 million phones in 2008. Diversity is one of the core strengths of the company, with operations in over 80 countries including manufacturing in China and R&D sites in China, Europe, India, Japan and North America. Sony Ericsson was established as a 50:50 joint venture by Sony and Ericsson in October 2001, with global corporate functions located in London.

Sony Ericsson sees continued weak sales for first quarter 2009

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Sony Ericsson sees continued weak sales for first quarter 2009

London, UK - Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (“Sony Ericsson”) announced today that its net sales and net income before taxes in the first quarter of 2009 continue to be negatively affected by weak consumer demand as well as de-stocking in the retail and distribution channels.

Although final results may differ, Sony Ericsson plans to ship approximately 14 million phones during the first quarter of 2009 with an estimated ASP (average selling price) of EUR 120. Gross margin is expected to decline both year-on-year and sequentially. Net income before taxes is estimated to be a loss in the range of EUR 340 – 390 million, excluding restructuring charges in the range of EUR 10 – 20 million.

Sony Ericsson will announce its first quarter, 2009 financial results at 07.30 UK time/08.30 CET on April 17. 

Sony Ericsson is a top, global industry player with sales of around 97 million phones in 2008. Diversity is one of the core strengths of the company, with operations in over 80 countries including manufacturing in China and R&D sites in China, Europe, India, Japan and North America. Sony Ericsson was established as a 50:50 joint venture by Sony and Ericsson in October 2001, with global corporate functions located in London.

Delta Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent’s Optics solution to expand network in Azerbaijan

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Delta Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent’s Optics solution to expand network in Azerbaijan

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Delta Telecom, a next generation telecom service provider in Azerbaijan, have further strengthened their cooperation for the cost-effective upgrade and extension of Delta Telecom’s optical transport network across the country. This network modernization will enable Delta Telecom to significantly increase the capacity and efficiency of the existing network to deliver advanced services to its end-users. Additionally, it will allow Delta Telecom to enhance wholesale bandwidth offering for international traffic transit.

The deployment of the Alcatel-Lucent optical solution will start in the country’s capital, Baku, and will then extend to the major links connecting Azerbaijan with neighbouring countries. By providing unprecedented data transport capacity and traffic aggregation capabilities, this network modernization will help Delta Telecom to strengthen its leading position as a major transit data provider between the Caucasus region, Central Asia the Middle East, Europe and China.

“In anticipation of the data traffic growth in Azerbaijan, we decided to modernize our nation-wide carrier backbone infrastructure to strategically take a significant step in addressing our end-users’ demands,” said Ramazan Valiyev, General Director of Delta Telecom. “Alcatel-Lucent’s optical solution will give us the resiliency, scalability and outstanding service performance necessary to accommodate advanced services over time” said Ramazan Valiyev, General Director of Delta Telecom.

“This new contract further confirms our commitment to support Delta Telecom in advancing its backbone infrastructure for the benefits of its end-users,” said Ali Kancal, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Turkey and Azerbaijan. “Our optical networking solution will help meet Azerbaijan’s growing Internet and mobile traffic requirements by providing high-speed communications.”

Under the terms of the frame-agreement, Alcatel-Lucent solution will supply its Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems and 1678 Metro Core Connect (MCC) for traffic aggregation and mobile backhaul, along with the 1626 Light Manager (LM) for long-haul traffic transmission. Designed to optimize service providers’ capital and operational expenditures, the Alcatel-Lucent solution combines multiple benefits including best-in-class footprint, low-power consumption, great span performance, high scalability and fast provisioning.

About Delta Telecom
Delta Telecom is the leading telecom operator in the Caucasus region. The company provides professional telecommunication and communication services on the basis of the license 001514 given on December 30, 2005 by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan Republic. Delta Telecom owns the largest Internet backbone network in the region. The backbone network platform provides professional IP backbone services to all ISPs of Azerbaijan and more than 78% of Georgia. The company’s DWDM network infrastructure covers all regional centers and international gates. Interconnection’s capacity with neighbor countries reached to tens gigabit per second. More than 87% of local Backhauling services for mobile operators, ISPs, banks and more commercial organizations are carried over a DWDM/SDH infrastructure. Delta Telecom’s Carrier Ethernet and Metro Ethernet network infrastructure has the capability to accommodate corporate networks, DATA services, and professional IP/MPLS services. This network infrastructure is the main IP transmission solution for local ISPs for IP Backbone services. For developing ICT in regional and mountainous areas Delta Telecom’s Satellite Backbone services is a flexible solution. The platform, based DVB-RCS technologies, provides professional telephony services to hundreds of villages in mountainous areas. More than three thousand VSAT stations provide high-speed Internet, data and telephony services in the regions inaccessible over terrestrial infrastructures. The company continues to keep a leading position in modern technologies implementation and was the first to implement Pre WiMAX, 802.16d in the region also is Delta Telecom’s practice. Delta Telecom’s achievements will also include being the first to deploy mobile WiMAX and IMS technologies. external linkexternal linkhttp://delta-telecom.net/

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 supports Telefonica for Spain’s first IPTV interactive advertising proof of concept pilot

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Alcatel-Lucent supports Telefonica for Spain’s first IPTV interactive advertising proof of concept pilot

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced its collaboration with Telefonica in an extensive interactive IPTV advertising proof of concept pilot for its Imagenio IPTV customers throughout Spain. Telefonica has relied on an innovative application enablement solution from Alcatel-Lucent, bringing increased interactivity and web 2.0 features to the TV experience of Imagenio’s already robust IPTV platform.

This service has enabled TV viewers to use their remote controls to access interactive content linked to a specific consumer brand product.

Alcatel-Lucent solution’s interactive capabilities make the TV viewing experience more personal and compelling for users. This innovative solution also enables to measure the audience to precisely analyze and optimize the effectiveness of particular.

This advertising solution, one of the many Application Enablement technologies from Alcatel-Lucent, leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s targeted and interactive advertising solution to pioneer a new type of TV advertising business model that combined the advanced functionality of the service provider’s network with the Web creativity of the advertising world to offer high-margin high-value targeted interactive campaigns. In this application Imagenio’s customers can interact with Web content in real time - seamlessly accessing Web-based content such as games, additional information, competitions, etc.

“We worked closely with Telefonica to develop and launch this strategic proof of concept pilotand we have successfully demonstrated that this new advertising model is possible. This is a model that is more rewarding for the user as it matches his lifestyle and interests, is more effective for advertisers as they now have a powerful new tool to reaching their target audiences and measuring their campaign’s success”, said Alfredo Redondo, Alcatel-Lucent’s Global Account leader for Telefonica.

Responding to the interest from advertisers to create and develop tighter one-on-one relationships with potential customers, this new solution enables Telefonica to offer their advertisers a powerful new way to reach more than half a million TV households in Spain in a deeply interactive way not possible through traditional advertising.

About Telefónica
Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalization. Its activities are centered mainly on the fixed and mobile telephony businesses with broadband as the key tool for the development of both. The company has a significant presence in 25 countries and a customer base that amounts to more than 259 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy. Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4,704,996,485 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia) and on those in London, Tokyo, New York, Lima, Buenos Aires and São Paulo.

About the Alcatel-Lucent solution
This interactive IPTV solution is based on Alcatel-Lucent’s 5930 Interactive Media Manager which enables dynamic interactive applications and advertising campaigns. It also leverages Alcatel-Lucent experience in end-to-end network integration for open innovation ecosystems. Alcatel-Lucent is a recognized leader in IPTV. Today, Alcatel-Lucent is supporting more than 2 million IPTV subscribers and over 50 service provider customers worldwide, as IPTV becomes a key element in many service providers’ triple and quad play service bundles.

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

Telekom Malaysia selects Alcatel-Lucent to expand its existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet network

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Telekom Malaysia selects Alcatel-Lucent to expand its existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet network

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been awarded a 7 million Euro contract for the expansion of Telekom Malaysia’s (TM) 10 Gigabit Ethernet network. The contract will see a network expansion in the central and northern regions of Peninsular Malaysia, two of the country’s most densely populated regions, and moves the country closer to the government’s goal of making Malaysia a broadband nation.

Alcatel-Lucent’s solution will enable TM to offer highly reliable Virtual Leased Line (VLL) and Virtual Private LAN services (VPLS) to its business customers. This next generation network will also form the platform for aggregating TM’s next-generation (NGN) access gateways and IP DSLAM for future services, including triple play, allowing TM to offer the next wave of advanced services with minimal further investment. Local partner Airstar (M) Sdn Bhd will provide engineering services and L1/L2 maintenance. The contract follows a three-year deal secured by Alcatel-Lucent and Airstar in 2006.

“The contract strengthens both Airstar and Alcatel-Lucent positions as key technology partners and suppliers to TM. Alcatel-Lucent’s global leadership in IP solutions ideally combines with our ICT expertise to support this large network transformation project,” said AirStar Chief Executive Officer, Zulkifli Osman.

“The Alcatel-Lucent solution gives Telekom Malaysia the foundation to support the Government’s target of making broadband available across the country, therefore creating a more competitive nation,” said Country Senior Officer for Malaysia, Patrick Veron.“By deploying a unified, highly reliable IP infrastructure, Telekom Malaysia can meet the demands of today’s businesses running mission critical applications that demand high bandwidth.”

Telekom Malaysia joins a list of more than 250 service providers in more than 100 countries that have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS portfolio. During the fourth quarter of 2008, Alcatel-Lucent reinforced its No. 2 position in the Service Provider IP edge according to Dell’Oro, Infonetics and Synergy.

About Alcatel-Lucent’s solution for Telekom Malaysia
Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its industry-leading IP/MPLS portfolio which includes its 7750 Service Router, 7450 Ethernet Service Switch, 7250 Service Access Switch and 5620 Service Aware Manager. Built on a unified IP infrastructure, Alcatel-Lucent’s IP-based solution is designed to support multiple types of services with superior scale, hierarchical quality of service and availability, critical for guaranteeing stringent Service Level Agreements on business-critical data.

About Airstar (M) Sdn Bhd
Airstar (M) Sdn. Bhd. (AirStar) is both a Bumiputra and a certified Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status company. Having the MSC status, the Company had been participating actively in the development of the MSC projects, and is also actively pursuing the telecommunication industry. It is among the first group of Malaysian companies that obtained the MSC R&D Grant Scheme (MGS) approved by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in 2002. The Company focuses on R&D effort on wireless microwave Point-to-Point telecommunications system, catering to challenges faced in tropical climate area. AirStar was incorporated in 1997, and is a registered contractor with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Defence, government linked companies such as Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Tenaga Nasional Berhad, and others including PLUS and Putrajaya Holdings. The company is embarking on strategic alliances and collaboration with multinational companies in providing a cost-effective solution to its customers. For further information on AirStar, visit external linkwww.airstar.com.my

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 named transformation partner for BASE, Belgium’s fast-growing mobile network operator

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Alcatel-Lucent named transformation partner for BASE, Belgium’s fast-growing mobile network operator

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), today announced an outsourcing contract with the mobile operator BASE, which is part of the KPN group. Through this agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will have end-to-end responsibility for all network operations and network rollout for BASE’s network.

BASE, by selecting Alcatel-Lucent as the overall network transformation and outsource partner, is ensuring the long-term high quality deployment and management of its network, as well as making significant cost savings through advanced business process re-engineering.

The contract covers the end-to-end network rollout and network operations of the BASE mobile network in Belgium, comprising approximately 3,000 sites. It also involves the transfer of around 29 BASE employees to Alcatel-Lucent. BASE will continue to own its network and continue to carry out key roles such as network design and customer service. With this contract, Alcatel-Lucent becomes BASE’s main transformation partner as they deliver a range of services to their growing customer base, currently around 3.4 million subscribers.

“This contract will produce synergies that enable us to further concentrate on marketing our services throughout Europe”, said Heinrich Lakatha CTO from BASE. “We selected Alcatel-Lucent based on their history of being a trusted partner over the years and given their global experience in network outsourcing”, he continued.’

”This important contract with BASE reinforces Alcatel-Lucent’s position as a strong and competitive managed services provider especially in multi-vendor environments,” said Paul Depuydt, vice-president of Alcatel-Lucent in the Benelux. “It is significant not only for its value, but also because it confirms our ambition to diversify our business into the services domain and the mobile operator customer segment”.

BASE has chosen a trusted partner with significant outsourcing experience worldwide. Providing network operations and outsourcing for carriers and enterprises is a strategic growth area for Alcatel-Lucent. The company will leverage the experience gained from designing, deploying, operating, maintaining and expanding more than 80 networks supporting some 180 million subscribers around the world.

With this deal, Alcatel-Lucent reinforces its position on the mobile market in the Benelux.

About BASE
BASE n.v./s.a. is a 100% subsidiary of Koninklijke KPN N.V. KPN offers mobile voice and data services in Germany (E-Plus), Belgium (BASE) and the Netherlands (KPN, Hi and Telfort). At the end of 2008, BASE had 573 employees and a market share in number of customers of ca. 24%. In 2008, BASE had a yearly turnover of 647 million euro. The company’s headquarters are in Brussels; it positions itself as an innovator in products and services via a segmented approach.http:// www.BASE.be

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

China Unicom selects Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 3G W-CDMA networks in 14 provinces

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China Unicom selects Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 3G W-CDMA networks in 14 provinces

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been selected by China Unicom, a leading fixed and mobile service provider in China, to deploy 3G W-CDMA networks in 14 Chinese provinces. This major contract, secured through Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China, will enable the operator to provide its end users with new, advanced 3G mobile services including media streaming, ring back tones, video sharing and high-speed internet access.

Initial network deployments in the cities of Tianjin, Baoding, Wenzhou, Taizhou, Guiyang and Guilin are expected to be completed in May, 2009.

Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its end-to-end industry-leading and future proof 3G/W-CDMA solutions, including about 11000 Node B (Base stations), Home Location Register (HLR) data base system as well network maintenance and optimization in 14 provinces — Hebei, Fujian Guangxi, Tianjin, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Heilongjiang, Guangdong, Hunan, Shandong and Xinjiang.

By achieving a strategic breakthrough in the four provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Heilongjiang, and Jiangsu, Alcatel-Lucent has substantially expanded its position with China Unicom, adding 4 new 3G markets in addition to its existing 2G GSM base.

All the equipments supplied are ready to sustain the rapid increase of voice and data traffic and to smoothly evolve towards 3G/HSPA+ and 4G/LTE. Thanks to Alcatel-Lucent’s multi-standard radio access solutions China Unicom will be able to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership of its networks. Furthermore, Alcatel-Lucent’s converged radio access solution will help China Unicom evolve rapidly from 2G to 3G networks and offer new generation services.

“China Unicom’s selection of our solutions in 14 provinces further highlights Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership in the W-CDMA market”, said Olivia Qiu, head of Alcatel-Lucent in East Asia and President of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell. “Alcatel-Lucent is committed to partner with China Unicom and worldwide operators to deploy leading-edge next generation networks enabling advanced multimedia and Web services.”

With 56 commercial networks worldwide in 37 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading player in the W-CDMA infrastructure market. Known for its excellent reliability and quality, Alcatel-Lucent serves one out of every four networks worldwide, covering all regions and deployed in a wide variety of markets. The company 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.

About China Unicom
China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (“the Company”) was incorporated in Hong Kong in February 2000 and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong on 21 June 2000 and 22 June 2000 respectively. On 1 June 2001, the Company was included as a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index. On 15 October 2008, the Company merged with China Netcom Group corporation (Hong Kong) Limited. At present, the Company is engaged in GSM cellular business in 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in China, the provision of international and domestic long distance calls, data and mobile Internet services, and other related telecommunication value-added businesses. The Company is also a leading broadband and fixed-line telecommunications operator in the PRC and provides services in Beijing Municipality, Tianjin Municipality, Hebei Province, Henan Province, Shandong Province, Liaoning Province, Heilongjiang Province, Jilin Province, Neimenggu Autonomous Region and Shanxi Province. The Company provides fixed-line voice and value-added services, broadband and other Internet-related services, information and communications technology services, business and data communications services as well as advertising media 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

GTEL-Mobile selects Alcatel-Lucent for GSM/EDGE network roll-out in North and Central Vietnam

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GTEL-Mobile selects Alcatel-Lucent for GSM/EDGE network roll-out in North and Central Vietnam

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been selected by GTEL-Mobile, Vietnam’s newest mobile operator, to provide a turnkey GSM/EDGE network solution. GTEL-Mobile will roll out Alcatel-Lucent’s network in the North and Central areas of Vietnam with commercial services scheduled to start late 2009.

As Vietnam’s new mobile operator, GTEL-Mobile considers it strategic to offer reliable and high quality mobile voice and data services from its early days of operation. Additional considerations for GTEL-Mobile’s selection of Alcatel-Lucent include minimized network building period, reduced cost of ownership and future customization.

Alexey Blyumin, Chief Executive Officer of GTEL-Mobile said, “As newcomer in such highly competitive market, we need to focus all our efforts on building a good quality network with strong customer relationships from Day One of commercial launch. We look forward to tapping on Alcatel-Lucent’s worldwide expertise and experience in mobile network deployment.”

Alcatel-Lucent’s proven and future-proof portfolio is precisely addressing these challenges. The GSM/EDGE access equipment is supporting high capacity within limited cabinet volume; radio sites configuration and optimization are made simple thanks to the dedicated Network Planning & Optimization (NPO) tool. The power efficient BTS moreover benefits from the power save capability, which enables power savings even during high traffic periods. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide its microwave and optical transport equipment for enhancing interconnection among base stations and mobile traffic backhauling capabilities. All these equipment are ready to sustain the rapid increase of voice and data traffic and to host new 3G/4G technologies. Finally, Alcatel-Lucent will provide a complete set of services encompassing design, planning, installation, commissioning, integration, and optimization.

“Operating in Vietnam for more than 20 years, we have a deep understanding of Vietnam’s telecom environment, business drivers and requirements. We are fully committed to support GTEL-Mobile‘s strategy to provide their customers with quality wireless services throughout the country. Our solution will enable them to extend their reach and handle the high traffic volumes of Vietnam’s North and Central provinces,” said Raoul Ros, Country General Manager of Alcatel-Lucent in Vietnam.

About Gtel Mobile
Gtel Mobile Joint stock company is the joint-venture between Vietnam’s Gtel Corporation & the leading integrated telecommunications operator of Russia & CIS – Vimpelcom. GTM has been licensed GSM network at 1.800 Mhz bandwidth to cover all Vietnam with over 86 million people. GTM has been granted Golden Dragon Award 2008 medal among 11 FDI enterprises which have registered capital of over 1 billion US dollar in Vietnam. The Golden Dragon Award is an annual award organized by Ministry of Planning & Investment and Vietnam Economic Times to honor FDI enterprises with successful records in Vietnam.

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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