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April 4, 2009

University of Deusto in Spain selects Alcatel-Lucent to connect students and researchers with access to advanced services across the university network

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University of Deusto in Spain selects Alcatel-Lucent to connect students and researchers with access to advanced services across the university network

Alcatel-Lucent (Paris: Euronext and NYSE: ALU) announced today it has been selected by the University of Deusto, one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, to deploy a fixed and mobile network in its CRAI (Resources Center for Learning and Research) building. The new network will provide to the almost 1,500 people at the University a wider range of services and a richer user experience.

Thanks to this solution deployment, installed by Ambar Telecomunicaciones, the Alcatel-Lucent Business Partner for this project, the new CRAI building is now integrated with the University’s communications network to enable students, teachers, researchers and staff to use all the services supported by the network, access information in real time and facilitate more productive work.

The new CRAI Library is built as a Resources Center for Learning and Research, a place for continuous training and a cultural meeting point for students. It is designed to provide access to information resources needed for the University of Deusto community, for professors and researchers from around the world, as well as for institutions and enterprises.

The new solution will serve more than 40 professionals supporting the different CRAI services connected to the network, including voice services (IP Telephony) as well as access to information services such as user service, cataloguing, borrowing service, space bookings. More than 60 job carrels designed for teachers and researchers will be equipped with voice and data services access via LAN. Additionally, the network will serve 1,400 student and pupil teamwork desks distributed in reference and multimedia rooms, with more than 100 personal computers connected and other spaces as study rooms, seminars, practices and work rooms with access to ICT services through the WiFi network.

Iñaki Fuertes, IT Director at the University of Deusto, said, “We appreciate the exceptional effort and service quality that we have experienced in this project to deploy the new CRAI building communications network.Despite the short time frame to develop the project, the final result has been very positive and strengthens our trust in Alcatel-Lucent and Ambar Telecommunications. I am confident our fruitful collaboration with these technology partners will continue in future projects for the coming year.”

“Wireless technologies are mature and provide the security, availability and ease of use that universities require to provide differentiated service to employees and students. Customers like University of Deusto leading the industry by leveraging their investment in communications to differentiate themselves and their programs”, said Rafael Martinez, Alcatel-Lucent’s Marketing Director for enterprise solutions in Iberia.

According to David Salces, Project Manager at Ambar Telecomunicaciones, “We have achieved the main customer expectations and requirements in the project implementation. Both at the technology level, with a network design for high availability, as in the deadlines established by the customer, which were really tight due to the need to meet the building’s opening date. This has required a great effort for all parties involved in the project”.

The solution for the fixed network is based on the OmniSwitch 6850 technology, the family of Alcatel-Lucent Gigabit Ethernet Level 3 switches with a redundant design for high availability.

For the wireless network, the solution installed is a centralized switching system based on an OmniAccess Wireless 6000 controller with a capacity of up to 128 access points, and 64 access points AP-61 distributed in the building different floors to provide a wide area of in-building Wi-Fi coverage.About University of Deusto
University of Deusto was founded in 1886. It counts with two campuses located in Bilbao and San Sebastian and has more than 200 education agreements with other Universities in Europe and Latin America. With a mobility of near 1,300 students and 50 teachers, the graduated colleges, high schools and other institutions are also implicated in intensive programs, European modules and curricular designs for various levels, participating at the same time in trans border activities, integrated languages, open and distance learning (ODL), and programs called Leonardo. All areas of the University adopt the European credit system in 1994 and working in its promotion and quality. For more information: external linkhttp://www.deusto.es

About AMBAR Telecomunicaciones
AMBAR Telecomunicaciones, System Integrator, brings converged solutions for voice, data, security and image. Ambar achieved revenues of Euro 10 million in 2007, and since its creation in 1994, its expansion has been notably increasing the business offices in A Coruña, Barcelona, Bilbao, Burgos, Madrid, Málaga, Oviedo, Santander and Valladolid. Ambar Telecomunicaciones has the know-how, technical qualified Experts and resources to design and implement the most innovative Project of Engineering, Consultant, Technical Direction and maintenance, taking advantage on its strategic Partners agreements, the most state of the art in the market. For more information: external linkhttp://www.ambar.es

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’s Rich Communications Manager named “Most Innovative Mobile Application” at 2009 Andrew Seybold Choice Awards

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Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Communications Manager named “Most Innovative Mobile Application” at 2009 Andrew Seybold Choice Awards

– Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) announced its Rich Communications Manager, which delivers the next generation of unified rich messaging through a single web portal – providing enhanced messaging and communications to fixed, mobile, and IP devices - has been selected as this year’s Most Innovative Mobile Application at the Andrew Seybold Choice Awards.

With this new functionality, fixed and mobile end users can retrieve, view, respond, and forward video, photos and text from a web portal that also integrates address books between user devices. Leveraging familiar, intuitive desktop concepts, subscribers can now easily drag and drop content across voice mail, SMS, MMS, email, faxes, calendars, and address books. In addition to eliminating the traditional barriers between various networks by making all mobile and PC communications visible in one place, the Rich Communications Manager eliminates multiple logins, user interfaces and contexts defined by different messaging applications.

The Rich Communications Manager provides end users with the convenience of accessing and managing their rich communications at home, work and on mobile phones. It also allows them to visually see a converged message queue, as well as originate and listen to voice mail messages online. It also provides voice to text functionality to allow users to read a voicemail transcription.

The Andrew Seybold Choice Awards have come to be recognized throughout the industry for their ability to identify cutting-edge products and services that offer innovation and impact to both wireless providers and end-users. Criteria used in choosing 2009 award winners included solving a long-standing problem, innovative approach, efficient use of resources, ease of use, potential to attract more customers to wireless voice and data services, as well as functionality, features and price.

“Each of this year’s award winners have made significant progress in simplifying the user experience, which is critical to expansion in the wireless industry,” said Andrew Seybold, President and CEO of Andrew Seybold, Inc. “Alcatel-Lucent has gone a step further by also supporting unified messaging access across all devices to conveniently follow the end user.”

“We are excited to receive this recognition for the Rich Communications Manager on the heels of its recent general availability announcement and debut at CTIA Showstoppers,” said Gani Nayak, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Communications business. “The award validates the tremendous potential we believe this product has for service provider differentiation, subscriber stickiness and quickly bringing unifying new services to market.”

At CTIA, Alcatel-Lucent is also showcasing the next generation of this technology – a Rich Communication Suite-based ‘communications widget’ that can be leveraged in mash-ups with third party applications to provide intuitive, trusted communications and messaging capability directly in the third party portal. This future capability of the Rich Communication Manager is consistent with Alcatel-Lucent’s application enablement strategy and helps the network provider generate value by exposing communication and messaging capabilities to developers in a managed and controlled way.

About Andrew Seybold, Inc.
Andrew Seybold, Inc., founded by wireless and mobile communications expert Andrew M. Seybold, operates internationally, offering unparalleled analysis of technologies and trends impacting the convergence of wireless, mobility and the Internet. Andrew Seybold, Inc. is known widely for its strategic consulting services, Industry publications and industry-specific educational seminar programs. Notable among its offerings are the Andrew Seybold Commentary and Wireless Data University. Sign up for a free subscription of Andrew Seybold Commentary and learn more about Andrew SeyBold, Inc. at external linkwww.andrewseybold.com.

About the Alcatel-Lucent 5155 Rich Communications Manager
The Alcatel-Lucent 5155 Rich Communications Manager Release 2.1 is the first generally available release to the marketplace. It delivers a superior Web 2.0 experience with enhanced Web messaging, providing an online web interface for subscribers to manage their communication needs. It enables end users to retrieve, view, respond, forward voicemails, SMS, MMS, emails, and fax from a web portal with built-in network address book to store all their contacts. The network address book supported is in compliance with GSM Association Rich Communication Suite (RCS) release 1.0. The product can also support online message management capabilities for 3rd party voicemail systems. Leveraging an open source environment, the Rich Communications Manager supports service creation in the future by enabling service providers to roll out new multi-screen communications services combining messaging with Web communications (voice, presence, chat), social networking, content and advertisement services.

For more information on this product, please go to http://www1.alcatel-lucent.com/products/productsummary.jsp?productNumber=tcm:228-1588581635

Alcatel-Lucent accelerates the deployment of interactive TV and advertising services for Cable TV

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Alcatel-Lucent accelerates the deployment of interactive TV and advertising services for Cable TV

At The Cable Show in Washington, D.C. today, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) took the next step in enriching and personalizing the cable TV experience by announcing that its popular Interactive Media Manager (IMM) now supports the two main standards-based platforms in the cable industry, EBIF and tru2way™ technologies.

With IMM, cable operators, content providers and media agencies can now quickly create new interactive TV applications such as enhanced TV (voting, competitions and polls) or interactive advertisement to augment the broadcast experience and to offer the TV viewer a real interactive and personal TV experience. This allows users to engage with the content and brand of their choice via interactivity enabled by the IMM.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs is developing a wide range of enhanced interactive applications that provide mobile, call back and other digital media redemption capabilities to the brands and advertisers. This combined with the power of IMM will ensure the increased success of EBIF and Tru2way in this growing industry.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Alcatel-Lucent to provide its wealth of knowledge and experience in building and delivering interactive solutions to the cable industry,” said Mark Janes, vice president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Digital Media and Advertising activities. “Cable operators, content producers and agencies using Alcatel-Lucent’s IMM solution will be able to quickly adapt to their viewer’s fast changing needs thanks to the huge flexibility and scalability of our solution’s design, build and template-based architecture.”

“What makes the IMM unique is its open standards approach, complementing and working with existing parts of the value chain to deliver interactivity. Its easy to use, intuitive, web-based tools are ideal for editors, producers, and agencies to design, create, publish and manage interactive TV services as often as they desire”, Mark Janes added.

By providing a design/authoring environment together with a comprehensive set of templates and functionality, the IMM enables the creation and management of unlimited interactive applications for multiple platforms and devices. This makes it possible to write an application once that can be deployed many times, giving the content providers and media agencies a simplified creation and management environment so that they can focus on their core expertise and do not have to worry about the technical capabilities of the actual interactive digital TV platform.

About EBIF and Tru2way
EBIF is designed to work with legacy set-top boxes reaching millions of homes with existing digital cable TV services. Tru2way is a technology that is a full OpenCable environment and is the next evolution of cable TV with even more advanced interactive TV services. Cable operators that have announced support for the tru2way platform represent about 80% of all US cable subscribers.

About the Alcatel-Lucent 5930 Interactive Media Manager
The Alcatel-Lucent 5930 Interactive Media Manager enables subscribers to interact with the brands they care about in compelling new ways across multiple platforms, including mobile, PC, IPTV, as well as digital satellite, cable and terrestrial. Employing a complete design, build and publishing tool set together with pre-tested, intuitive, web-based templates, it enables content providers to easily and affordably design, create and manage interactive TV applications such as voting, enhanced TV and interactive advertising to reach consumers in new ways while also providing subscribers with a more personalized TV experience.

The IMM delivers a broad set of tools that gives full control of application design, service creation and on-going management to interactive services. The IMM strategy is to accelerate the deployment cycle while reducing the internal development costs. Additionally, the IMM is designed to support the television operator’s delivery of comprehensive service offerings with its multi-platform publishing capabilities delivering content to the many devices their subscriber may have. This is done via a centralized hub that delivers the same capabilities to TV, Internet and Mobile subscribers.

For more information please visit: http://www1.alcatel-lucent.com/products/productsummary.jsp?productNumber=tcm%3A228-1368951635

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 enhances its packet microwave transport offering to cost-effectively support wireless broadband services

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Alcatel-Lucent enhances its packet microwave transport offering to cost-effectively support wireless broadband services

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the enhancement of its packet microwave radio portfolio with new capabilities to fully leverage fixed and mobile operators’ existing investments in microwave backhaul networks. This enhancement will offer them the added capacity that will be needed to evolve – profitably — to next generation wireless broadband (including LTE).

LTE is a new wireless broadband technology that offers data speeds comparable to the fastest fixed broadband technologies, and offers significantly reduced latency to ensure a high-quality end-user experience for real-time, multimedia services. The anticipated increase in consumer and business use of wireless broadband services with the introduction of LTE networks also is expected to drive the need for expanded backhaul capabilities to deal with the challenge of transporting the resulting data traffic.

To meet this need, Alcatel-Lucent – under a global agreement — will integrate multi-gigabit millimeter wave radios from BridgeWave, the leader in gigabit wireless solutions, into its 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) transmission solutions. This advancement will expand the frequency range covered by the 9500 MPR with the high-frequency 60-90 GHz spectrum to provide customers up to 2.6 Gbps of capacity, sufficient to support the anticipated transport requirements for 2G, 3G and 4G networks.

“Offering the most cost-effective mobile transport network that maximizes the relationship between cost and capacity is critical to delivering greater profitability for mobile network operators, and a better service experience for end-users,” said Philippe Dumont, head of wireless transmission activities for Alcatel-Lucent. “After an exhaustive evaluation of all millimeter wave solutions on the market, we selected BridgeWave’s gigabit wireless technology due to its superior combination of performance and capacity, as well as its attractive feature set that makes it a perfect complement to our industry-leading microwave transport portfolio.”

“We are proud to collaborate with Alcatel-Lucent, a company with a clear strategic vision for an open LTE ecosystem,” said Amir Makleff, President and CEO at BridgeWave Communications. “Our expertise and leadership in the 80GHz spectrum combined with Alcatel-Lucent’s broad product offering and support organization provides customers with an attractive combination of technology and solutions.”

With these enhancements, Alcatel-Lucent is further enhancing its Mobile Evolution Transport Architecture (META), the industry’s most comprehensive vision for the evolution of mobile networks from TDM to all-IP.

Alcatel-Lucent has historically been a leader in the North American market and has demonstrated this again in 2008 with 34.8 percent market share and the lead position in Q4 2008 (Source: Sky Light Research).

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 introduces packet core to support the delivery of advanced multimedia services on LTE-based wireless broadband networks

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Alcatel-Lucent introduces packet core to support the delivery of advanced multimedia services on LTE-based wireless broadband networks

— Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today introduced its Evolved Packet Core (EPC), an all-IP portfolio designed specifically for operators planning to offer mobile broadband services using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Already selected by leading adopters of LTE such as Verizon Wireless, the Alcatel-Lucent EPC - a critical element of the company’s end-to-end LTE solution - leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s expertise in IP service routing and unmatched experience in the deployment of wireline “triple play” networks.

LTE is a new wireless broadband technology that offers data speeds comparable to the fastest fixed broadband technologies, and offers significantly reduced latency to ensure a high-quality end-user experience for real-time, multimedia services. As consumers embrace high-bandwidth, multimedia and Web services on their mobile devices, operators are moving to LTE to provide the performance, quality and ubiquitous coverage required to remain competitive in the market.

“The move to LTE is one of the most critical network transformations we will see within the next 5-10 years,” said Basil Alwan, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP activities. “Consumers are now using their wireless devices for more sophisticated broadband applications and mobile operators have recognized that a new IP network architecture is required to meet the resulting demands.

The Alcatel-Lucent Evolved Packet Core leverages our proven technological and market. leadership in IP service routing as well as our expertise in wireline broadband network transformation projects with operators around the world. As a result, we are providing an end-to-end LTE solution that maximizes LTE revenues while minimizing the total cost of ownership and enabling the ultimate wireless broadband experience.”

“The EPC plays a pivotal role in enabling operators who move to LTE to meet the significant market expectations for better service at lower cost,” said Stéphane Téral, Principal Analyst, Mobile and FMC Infrastructure with Infonetics. “The industry is moving to IP, and ultimately to bridging the mobile and fixed networks, which gives Alcatel-Lucent a clear advantage given that it has the largest fixed line footprint in the world, demonstrated IP leadership, and a solid heritage in wireless. Its comprehensive end-to-end solution, which draws significantly on all of these strengths, makes it a formidable competitor.”

The Evolved Packet Core incorporates four elements, including: the Mobility Management Entity (MME) and Dynamic Services Controller (DSC), which manage dynamic mobility and policy; and the Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network (PDN) Gateway, which are implemented as plug-in hardware and software modules for the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router. With the 7750 SR, operators are able to deploy a single router that supports 2G, 3G and LTE as well as wireline networks, reducing cost, complexity and space requirements.

The EPC solution draws on Alcatel-Lucent’s market expertise: more than 30,000 7750 SR nodes have shipped to 260+ operators, and the MME leverages over 20 years of mobility management experience and expertise integrated on the latest generation Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) purpose-built platform. All EPC elements are managed by the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM).

In addition, the EPC integrates with the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Evolution Transport Architecture (META), providing a smooth all-IP evolution path to LTE technologies in both the transport and core networks.

Heavy Reading Senior Analyst, Gabriel Brown, has written a white paper entitled “LTE/SAE & the Evolved Packet Core: Technology Platforms & Implementation Choices” which provides insight into the key considerations for EPC. “Evolved Packet Core is critical to capturing the cost and performance benefits of LTE,” said Brown. “It introduces demanding new requirements to the mobile core network and must support the robust mix of services operators need to maximize return on LTE infrastructure investment. Suppliers with deep expertise in both wireless and IP networking technology are well positioned to deliver and support this leading edge equipment.” To read the full white paper visit our Evolved Packet Core website at: www.alcatel-lucent.com/epc

Alcatel-Lucent’s EPC portfolio will be demonstrated in the company’s booth #6714 at the CTIA Wireless 2009 tradeshow and exhibition April 1-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About Alcatel-Lucent’s Ultimate Wireless Broadband End-to-End solution
Alcatel-Lucent’s EPC portfolio is a fundamental pillar of the company’s Ultimate Wireless Broadband End-to-End solution. This comprehensive solution enables wireless and converged services providers to advance their business, operational model and end-to-end network. It provides an end-to-end LTE network with a full set of LTE and IP products, transformation and integration services, plus the ng Connect open ecosystem of devices, content and application partners. This solution leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s broadband and IP market leadership to deliver unprecedented scalability, quality of experience, business agility, and controlled network costs. For more information: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lte

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 introduces packet core to support the delivery of advanced multimedia services on LTE-based wireless broadband networks

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Alcatel-Lucent introduces packet core to support the delivery of advanced multimedia services on LTE-based wireless broadband networks

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today introduced its Evolved Packet Core (EPC), an all-IP portfolio designed specifically for operators planning to offer mobile broadband services using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Already selected by leading adopters of LTE such as Verizon Wireless, the Alcatel-Lucent EPC - a critical element of the company’s end-to-end LTE solution - leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s expertise in IP service routing and unmatched experience in the deployment of wireline “triple play” networks.

LTE is a new wireless broadband technology that offers data speeds comparable to the fastest fixed broadband technologies, and offers significantly reduced latency to ensure a high-quality end-user experience for real-time, multimedia services. As consumers embrace high-bandwidth, multimedia and Web services on their mobile devices, operators are moving to LTE to provide the performance, quality and ubiquitous coverage required to remain competitive in the market.

“The move to LTE is one of the most critical network transformations we will see within the next 5-10 years,” said Basil Alwan, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP activities. “Consumers are now using their wireless devices for more sophisticated broadband applications and mobile operators have recognized that a new IP network architecture is required to meet the resulting demands.

The Alcatel-Lucent Evolved Packet Core leverages our proven technological and market. leadership in IP service routing as well as our expertise in wireline broadband network transformation projects with operators around the world. As a result, we are providing an end-to-end LTE solution that maximizes LTE revenues while minimizing the total cost of ownership and enabling the ultimate wireless broadband experience.”

“The EPC plays a pivotal role in enabling operators who move to LTE to meet the significant market expectations for better service at lower cost,” said Stéphane Téral, Principal Analyst, Mobile and FMC Infrastructure with Infonetics. “The industry is moving to IP, and ultimately to bridging the mobile and fixed networks, which gives Alcatel-Lucent a clear advantage given that it has the largest fixed line footprint in the world, demonstrated IP leadership, and a solid heritage in wireless. Its comprehensive end-to-end solution, which draws significantly on all of these strengths, makes it a formidable competitor.”

The Evolved Packet Core incorporates four elements, including: the Mobility Management Entity (MME) and Dynamic Services Controller (DSC), which manage dynamic mobility and policy; and the Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network (PDN) Gateway, which are implemented as plug-in hardware and software modules for the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router. With the 7750 SR, operators are able to deploy a single router that supports 2G, 3G and LTE as well as wireline networks, reducing cost, complexity and space requirements.

The EPC solution draws on Alcatel-Lucent’s market expertise: more than 30,000 7750 SR nodes have shipped to 260+ operators, and the MME leverages over 20 years of mobility management experience and expertise integrated on the latest generation Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) purpose-built platform. All EPC elements are managed by the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM).

In addition, the EPC integrates with the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Evolution Transport Architecture (META), providing a smooth all-IP evolution path to LTE technologies in both the transport and core networks.

Heavy Reading Senior Analyst, Gabriel Brown, has written a white paper entitled “LTE/SAE & the Evolved Packet Core: Technology Platforms & Implementation Choices” which provides insight into the key considerations for EPC. “Evolved Packet Core is critical to capturing the cost and performance benefits of LTE,” said Brown. “It introduces demanding new requirements to the mobile core network and must support the robust mix of services operators need to maximize return on LTE infrastructure investment. Suppliers with deep expertise in both wireless and IP networking technology are well positioned to deliver and support this leading edge equipment.” To read the full white paper visit our Evolved Packet Core website at: www.alcatel-lucent.com/epc

Alcatel-Lucent’s EPC portfolio will be demonstrated in the company’s booth #6714 at the CTIA Wireless 2009 tradeshow and exhibition April 1-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About Alcatel-Lucent’s Ultimate Wireless Broadband End-to-End solution
Alcatel-Lucent’s EPC portfolio is a fundamental pillar of the company’s Ultimate Wireless Broadband End-to-End solution. This comprehensive solution enables wireless and converged services providers to advance their business, operational model and end-to-end network. It provides an end-to-end LTE network with a full set of LTE and IP products, transformation and integration services, plus the ng Connect open ecosystem of devices, content and application partners. This solution leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s broadband and IP market leadership to deliver unprecedented scalability, quality of experience, business agility, and controlled network costs. For more information: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lte

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

Filing and availability of information documents for the combined shareholders’ meeting / Annual Report 2008

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Filing and availability of information documents for the combined shareholders’ meeting / Annual Report 2008

The combined shareholders’ meeting of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) will be held on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 2:30PM at the Palais des Congrès, 2 Place Porte Maillot in Paris, France.

Information concerning this meeting was published in the official French journal of mandatory legal notices (BALO) on March 27, 2009 and includes the agenda, resolutions and information on how to participate and vote at this meeting.

Alcatel Lucent’s French 2008 annual report (Document de référence) and its 2008 annual report on Form 20-F were filed on March 31, 2009 with the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) respectively.

These documents are available to the public in accordance with the provisions of regulations currently in force. They can also be found in the Regulated Information section of our website at http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/investors, and on the websites of the AMF for the French 2008 annual report (Document de référence) (external linkwww.amf-france.org) and of the SEC for the 2008 annual report on Form 20-F (external linkwww.sec.gov).

The “Document de référence” comprises :

* the annual financial report,
* the auditors’ report on Alcatel-Lucent’s parent company and consolidated financial statements,
* the special report on agreements involving related parties,
* the report of the Chairman of the Board of directors concerning the conditions for preparing and organizing the work of the Board, internal control procedures, and risk management,
* the auditors’ report concerning the report of the Chairman of the Board,
* the information related to the auditors’ fees,
* the information required for the stock repurchase program.

Further, the report of the Board on the resolutions and the report of the Chairman of the Board of directors concerning the conditions for preparing and organizing the work of the Board, on the internal control procedures and risk management can also be found in the Regulated Information section of our website at http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/investors.

The information contained in the 2008 annual report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. SEC together with information contained in the “Additional Information” both of which documents are in English, is equivalent to the information provided in French in the “Document de référence” filed with the AMF.

Other documents and information according to articles R. 225-81 and R. 225-83 of the French Commercial Code are made available to shareholders as required by law and regulation.

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

Korea’s SK broadband selects Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS solution to enable real time IPTV service delivery http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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Korea’s SK broadband selects Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS solution to enable real time IPTV service delivery

Alcatel-Lucent ( Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it has beenchosen by SK broadband (formerly known as Hanaro Telecom), a major Korean service provider, to supply and maintain its IP service routing solution to support the operator’s real time IPTVservice. Alcatel-Lucent’s cutting-edge IP/MPLS technology will enable SKbroadband to deliver advanced broadband services including real time IPTV services, high-definition television, video-on-demand, voice over IP and high-speed Internet access, all with superior service quality.

SK broadband has the highest broadband penetration rate in Korea and a multi-year strategic plan to deploy advanced IPTV services to its end users throughout the country. Alcatel-Lucent will supply a flexible and reliable IP/MPLS infrastructure, providing massive scalability, bandwidth on demand as well as increased service level guarantees.

“With the most extensive broadband penetration in the country and plans to offer sophisticated, useful new services to all of our customers that require ample bandwidth, the management and quality of service capabilities were paramount in our search for a solution,” said Seung Seog Lee, Senior Vice President of Strategic Solution Division, SK broadband. “Alcatel-Lucent’s IP/MPLS portfolio offers unmatched performance and advanced service-oriented features, making it the ideal choice as we roll out a new generation of triple-play infrastructure-based services.”

“Advanced broadband services, such as real time IPTV, place demands on the network that traditional routing solutions simply cannot handle. Our solution offers SK broadband an IP service delivery infrastructure that offers more bandwidth, delivered reliably to more customers simultaneously, with increased service level guarantees,” said Won Shin, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Korea. “We will leverage our experience in project managing the deployment of complex network solutions, integrating triple play applications and IPTV networks to ensure SK broadband meets its plans to introduce a new level of broadband services to its customers throughout Korea.”

Alcatel-Lucent will supply its 7750 Service Router (SR) in the core and aggregation levels of the network.

Over 260 service providers in more than 100 countries around the world have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS portfolio as key elements of their IP transformation. According to Ovum RHK, Alcatel-Lucent holds the #2 position in the IP/MPLS Edge market segment.

About SK broadband
SK broadband, the second largest broadband service provider in Korea, has been offering internet data, local call, long-distance call, international voice call services, and IPTV. SK broadband is leading a new paradigm in the Korean telecommunication industry by expanding in business from voice service into multimedia telecommunication services based on its high-quality network to preoccupy future market such as IPTV.

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

ng Connect Program to demonstrate next generation broadband services at CTIA Wireless

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ng Connect Program to demonstrate next generation broadband services at CTIA Wireless

Following its successful launch in February 2009, the ng Connect Program founded by Alcatel-Lucentis experiencing strong growth as industry interest in next generation networks and services continues to grow at a rapid pace. The ng Connect Program today announced four new members including leading companies from the music, telecommunication and education sectors bringing the total number of companies in the program to eighteen in the two months since its inception.

The ng Connect Program is a multi-industry initiative dedicated to establishing a rich and diverse ecosystem of infrastructure, devices, content and applications for both mobile and fixed broadband networks including 4G, Long Term Evolution (LTE), GPON and other ultra high bandwidth technologies.

The new members include:

Atlantic Records - Atlantic Records, which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2008, currently ranks as the #1 label in the music industry according to Nielsen Soundscan. Atlantic has released a string of recordings that have had a profound impact on the course of modern music, its rich history including such musical icons as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, and Led Zeppelin.

Kyocera Communications Inc. (KCI) - the newly formed sales, marketing and service organization for Kyocera and Sanyo-branded wireless devices in the Americas. The company’s devices are driving the convergence of telecommunications, broadband and multimedia.

LearningMate - a leading provider of end-to-end e-Learning education solutions. LearningMate develops engaging, instructionally sound, interactive learning experiences on a variety of technology platforms and devices. The company has a significant presence in the United States, United Kingdom and India, and serves a global clientele comprised of education publishers, online schools, universities, government agencies, non-profits and education consortia.

MediaTile - a worldwide supplier of award-winning, all-in-one cellular digital signage and kiosk solutions that are remarkably easy-to-deploy and operate. Just add power to MediaTile Digital Sign in a Box™ or Kiosk in a Box™ systems and use the web-based Mediacast Portal to manage and monitor your advertising, informational or interactive communications network. Backed by MediaTile best practices, Return On Message™ (ROM) Methodology, a 99.9% uptime guarantee, end-to-end service and support, and a creative media team, your network will be up and running in record time, with record results.

“We are really pleased with the tremendous industry interest in the ng Connect Program generated in just a few short months since our launch,” said Derek Kuhn, vice president of Emerging Technology and Media, Alcatel-Lucent. “The ng Connect program is making great progress signing up new members who are actively working together to build an open ecosystem that we know can bring whole new classes of services to market; services that can leverage the growing capabilities of service-aware IP networks, IMS and more.”

New Proof of Concept Demonstrations
The ng Connect Program will demonstrate end-to-end next generation broadband applications at the CTIA Wireless 2009 trade show and exhibition in the Alcatel-Lucent Booth (#6714). Demos will include a new dynamic digital signage demonstration and an e-Learning experience showing a two-way audio visual exchange between student and teacher. Other demonstrations are a next generation music and social networking service recently updated to include Atlantic Records’ Rich Application Suite, Fanbase, a multi-player mobile gaming experience, and a real-time next generation healthcare application that allows patients to be monitored remotely using a combination of mobile handsets and televisions as well as a next generation augmented reality viral advertising application in a multi-screen environment.

Fanbase – Atlantic Records launched Fanbase as an extension of the artist.com online destination. The platform includes official and unofficial audio, video, chat, news, photos, tours info, and more. “The content within Fanbase is aggregated and streamed from the Internet. LTE and the NG Connect program allow us to learn from the next generation wireless technologies to ensure the best fan experience possible, whenever and wherever they are,” said Paul Sinclair, SVP of Digital Media at Atlantic Records. The Fanbase platform includes a social networking widget, desktop application, connected CD with bonus album content, and mobile application.

Dynamic Digital Signage – ng Connect Program members Alcatel-Lucent, SIGNEXX and dimedis collaborated on a new dynamic digital signage demonstration which highlights their ability to provide real time content updates to digital signs via LTE.

e-Learning – Members Words & Numbers, Alcatel-Lucent and LearningMate have created a new Proof of Concept showing a two way audio and visual teaching experience demonstrating the potential for wireless broadband technology to support fast, ‘anytime, anywhere’ learning experiences. The demonstration integrates the Alcatel-Lucent Omnitouch My Teamwork Conference and Collaboration Tool, LearningMate’s QuAD assessment portal and LMS Interoperability Framework (LIF) as well as learning content from Words & Numbers.

The ng Connect Program, by helping bring new applications and services to market more quickly, will facilitate an expansion of the revenue base for service providers and provide new opportunities for others in the value chain. To accomplish this, the ng Connect Program is developing a variety of pre-integrated solutions featuring the latest innovations in network, device and software technologies.

About LTE
LTE is a new wireless broadband technology that delivers significantly faster data speeds with the potential of 100 Mbps downstream and 30 Mbps upstream with reduced latency, allowing end users to consume more complex content at faster speeds, complementing the broadband capabilities of fixed networking technologies such as GPON.

About The ng Connect Program
The ng Connect Program is an industry organization committed to the development and rapid deployment of the next generation of broadband services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) and other ultra high bandwidth technologies. Founded in 2009, the ng Connect Program is supported by leading network, consumer electronics, application and content providers including 4DK, Alcatel-Lucent, Atlantic Records, Buzznet, chumby, Connect2Media, dimedis, FISHLABS, HP, Kyocera Communications Inc., LearningMate, MediaTile, QNX, Samsung, SIGNEXX, Total Immersion, TuneWiki and Words & Numbers. For more information on the ng Connect Program, please visit: external linkwww.ngconnect.org.

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 innovations help wireless service providers integrate CDMA and LTE services on the same network

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Alcatel-Lucent innovations help wireless service providers integrate CDMA and LTE services on the same network–Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has expanded its wireless networking portfolio to enable mobile service providers to offer both 3G CDMA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) services using a common network infrastructure. Alcatel-Lucent’s innovative “Converged RAN” (radio access network) offerings support the delivery of a wide variety of new wireless broadband services while simultaneously reducing power consumption – and attendant carbon footprint — and lowering operating costs.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Converged RAN offerings build on Alcatel-Lucent’s long-standing commitment to support multiple technology standards in a common base station platform, helping ensure that investments made today will be protected in the future as networks evolve. One of the key elements of the Converged RAN is the software defined radio (SDR) technology which has been available on the current Alcatel-Lucent base stations for a number of years already. The SDR enables CDMA service providers to deploy one technology today and then upgrade smoothly to a more advanced standard, such as LTE, in the future, or even introduce both technologies in the same existing base station simultaneously.

The latest addition to Alcatel-Lucent’s Converged RAN portfolio is the Alcatel-Lucent 9238 Base Station Macro, a new platform that relies on the SDR which is integrated with the amplifiers to provide optimal power efficiency. The architecture enables CDMA and/or LTE baseband units to be mixed and matched in the same cabinet to support a variety of technology combinations. Multiple frequencies and frequency combinations will be supported in a single footprint, making the 9238 Base Station Macro an extremely flexible product that is ideally suited to help operators refresh and/or renovate their networks.

In addition to its flexibility and performance benefits, the new platform can dramatically reduce operational expenses. Through a combination of improved reliability, greatly reduced power consumption — nearly 75 percent over earlier generations of equipment — and use of common components to minimize the need for spares, the platform offers an array of cost benefits.

“With the newest additions to our CDMA Converged Base Station portfolio, Alcatel-Lucent has demonstrated once again our unwavering commitment to giving our customers optimum flexibility as they expand and evolve their wireless broadband service offerings,” said Sandy Motley, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s CDMA/EV-DO activities. “By providing a smooth evolution path to LTE, ensuring maximum re-use of equipment and dramatically reducing energy consumption, we also are helping our customers lower their carbon footprint while at the same time returning cash to their bottom line through reduced operating costs.”

Key elements of Alcatel-Lucent’s CDMA Converged Base Station portfolio are being demonstrated in the company’s booth #6714 at the CTIA Wireless Tradeshow and Exhibition at the Las Vegas Convention center from April 1 – April 4.

About Alcatel-Lucent’s Ultimate Wireless Broadband End-to-End solution:
The CDMA Converged Base Station portfolio is a fundamental pillar of Alcatel-Lucent’s Ultimate Wireless Broadband End-to-End solution. This comprehensive solution enables wireless and converged services providers to advance their business, operational model and end-to-end network. It provides an end-to-end LTE network with a full set of LTE and IP products, transformation and integration services, plus the ng hConnect open ecosystem of devices, content and application partners. This solution brings Alcatel-Lucent’s broadband and IP market leadership to deliver unprecedented scalability, quality of experience, business agility, and controlled network costs. For more information: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lte

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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