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Australia’s TransACT selects Alcatel-Lucent for FTTH Deployment
   
   

   
 
Paris, August 10, 2007 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it has been selected by TransACT Capital Communications, a Canberra-based telecommunications carrier, to complete a fibre to the home (FTTH) rollout to new greenfield sites in Canberra. The network will cover 1,000 premises and an anticipated population of 2,500 people by 2013.

Project developers in Canberra, in conjunction with the Land Development Agency, issued a tender for the FTTH project last year, which was subsequently won by TransACT. Alcatel-Lucent was then chosen after a competitive tender process against eight other providers to design and deploy the network.

The first network project will be in Forde, a new suburb in Gungahlin, Canberra. The deployment is TransACT’s first venture into Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) FTTH technology. Residents will also receive unlimited free local calls to over 30,000 other TransACT phone customers, as well as capped national and international call rates.

“The FTTH network is now a key consideration for inclusion when assessing broadband deployments in suburbs, as it’s a future-proof technology offering nearly unlimited bandwidth availability to carry new high speed services,” said Rod Barrett, Project Manager, TransACT. “We needed a solutions provider that could accommodate our customers’ increasing demand for our existing bandwidth-hungry product offerings, including Video on Demand (VoD), Voice over IP (VoIP) and IPTV services. We chose Alcatel-Lucent because of its technology leadership in GPON and the proven reliability and scalability of its platform for widespread deployment,” Barrett added.

“FTTH was the natural progression for a reliable high speed broadband multiservice network in 'greenfields' and will deliver appreciable social and economic benefits to a community, said Hilary Mine, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Australasia activities. “The TransACT contract demonstrates our commitment to accelerating high speed broadband services across the country, and reinforces our global leadership in greenfield and brownfield broadband fibre deployments,” Mine concluded.

Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver its 7342 GPON ISAM Fiber-to-the-User product, along with the Optical Network Terminals (ONTs) and the related management software.

TransACT will also be working with Alcatel-Lucent on future FTTH bids in the Canberra area.

Alcatel-Lucent remains the uncontested global market leader in broadband access, with more than 142 million DSL lines shipped to date. It is engaged in more than 65 FTTx projects around the world, with more than 35 using GPON. Alcatel-Lucent is the first vendor to deliver a Full Service Access Network (FSAN) Group-compliant GPON system and is currently engaged with service providers such as Verizon (US), AT&T, Ministry of Communications (Kuwait), Jönköping (Sweden), Singtel (Singapore), and City Cable Shunan Corporation (Japan).

About TransACT
TransACT Communications Pty Limited was established in 2000 and has since been building and maintaining a highly sophisticated fibre-optic network to provide Canberra and Queanbeyan with world-class communication services. TransACT offers fixed-line and IP telephony, broadband internet and mobile phone services, as well as a subscription television service with real-time entertainment on-demand.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Contact the Alcatel-Lucent Press Office: press@alcatel-lucent.com

   
 
 

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