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Alcatel-Lucent’s “Open Community Broadband” program helps citynets facilitate FTTH projects


Paris – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that its turnkey “Open Community Broadband” program is helping operators of “citynets” around the world – i.e. open access networks typically operated by municipal governments or utilities - manage the complexities that are typical of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments. Alcatel-Lucent’s unmatched FTTH experience – and its wide ecosystem of partners – are the drivers behind a comprehensive program that helps managers of citynets determine the right fiber technology mix, design and deploy the network, and even operate or maintain it on their behalf.

Deploying a fiber infrastructure is a relatively sophisticated, large-scale project that needs to be done right the first time. Appointing a single, experienced interface to manage all the various aspects creates a unique value proposition, making it considerably easier for citynets to achieve their FTTH objectives.

Essentially, Alcatel-Lucent’s Open Community Broadband program helps address customers’ concerns in four ways:

* Training – including how to build a successful FTTH business case
* Technology consulting – which fiber technology makes sense in which circumstances
* Designing and deploying the network – leveraging passive optical networking (PON) or point-to-point (P2P) fiber
* Managing the network – dealing with all operational and maintenance aspects of running a multi-vendor fiber network, leveraging best-in-class capabilities in network management, deployment, maintenance and installation

“Most citynet operators do not have the necessary experience or workforce to deploy and run a fiber network,” says Dave Geary, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s wireline networks activities. “That is why Alcatel-Lucent offers them the possibility to engage in an end-to-end partnership, helping them to reap the benefits of FTTH – whether they are interested in PON or P2P fiber. Our customers know they can count on Alcatel-Lucent, with its lengthy track record in the FTTH space, to complete their project successfully.”

As a leading player in the OSS/BSS space with a growing list of open access network projects to its credit, Alcatel-Lucent leverages a unique combination of experience and expertise to address the challenge of designing, deploying and operating FTTH networks that can support a wide variety of operators and a vast array of services.

“Alcatel-Lucent’s Open Community Broadband program is really unique in the FTTH industry,” confirms Peter Lövgren, CEO of Netadmin, one of Alcatel-Lucent’s FTTH collaborators. “As part of this program, Alcatel-Lucent and Netadmin have created an operations competence center - resulting in a cost-optimized and standardized OSS/BSS solution for our customers. We are absolutely sure that this program will make it a lot easier for citynets to successfully pursue fiber-to-the-home opportunities.”

Alcatel-Lucent is currently involved in more than 95 FTTH projects worldwide, covering GPON and P2P fiber. Alcatel-Lucent’s Open Community Broadband program has multiple proof points already, including Singapore’s Nucleus Connect and OpenNet projects, German utilities Stadtwerke Sindelfingen/Boeblingen, Denmark’s Sydfyns Intranet and NRGi Fibernet, and Switzerland’s ewz. In Gartner’s latest FTTH Magic Quadrant assessment1, Alcatel-Lucent was positioned in the leaders’ quadrant for the fiber-to-the-home space.

Editorial background material

* “Open Community Broadband” Program
* EnergiMidt A/S selects Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON technology to extend triple play to 20,000 Danish households
(September 9th, 2009)
* IEC InfoVision Award for Alcatel-Lucent’s eco-sustainable optical networking terminals
(September 9th, 2009)

* Alcatel-Lucent and Dutch network operator OONO deploy the first open GPON network in The Netherlands
(September 7th, 2009)
* R-KOM selects Alcatel-Lucent for turnkey integration and deployment of fiber-based access network in the eastern Bavarian region (July 9th, 2009)

[1] Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Fiber-to-the-Home Equipment (December 12th, 2008)

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:


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