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Lucent Technologies and IBM Collaborate on Joint Bladecenter-Based IMS Solution for Service Providers


Lucent to offer customers option to deploy parts of its IMS portfolio on IBM’s industry leading Blade systems

APRIL 05, 2006, LAS VEGAS – Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU) today at the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) Wireless 2006 show, announced a joint IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based solution with IBM. Lucent customers will now have the option to deploy parts of Lucent’s IMS portfolio on the IBM BladeCenter family of servers.

The incorporation of blade server technology is the result of IBM and Lucent’s recently announced relationship. The companies are developing joint IMS-based solutions to help accelerate the introduction of new blended services for wireless and wireline carriers and help reduce service providers’ capital and operating expenses, enabling them to focus on delivering new revenue producing services.

“Making Lucent’s technology available on IBM’s industry-leading BladeCenter platform provides our customers the flexibility to deploy parts of Lucent’s IMS portfolio on the platform that best meets their needs,” said John Marinho, corporate strategic marketing vice president, Lucent Technologies. “IBM’s platform will also be interoperable with Lucent’s existing platform.”

IBM’s portfolio of blade servers provides a single, open, standards-based architecture that can be deployed either in the data center or within a central office.

“IBM’s BladeCenter family of products is leading the industry. The BladeCenter T is designed specifically to address the unique needs and requirements of the telecom industry,” said Jim Pertzborn, Telecommunications Industry vice president, IBM Technology Collaboration Solutions. “The deployment of a joint IMS reference architecture with Lucent is a key example of IBM’s OEM strategy and is a response to the overwhelming industry demand to help clients take advantage of new opportunities and to aggressively move into adjacent markets.”

IMS is the new core and service architecture that enables the convergence of data, voice, video and multimedia technology over an IP-based infrastructure. The IMS infrastructure must be able to scale and adapt over time - freeing service providers to focus on differentiated services instead of focusing on the underlying infrastructure to support those services.

Also at CTIA, in the Lucent booth (#1806, Hall C3), Lucent and IBM are demonstrating the inter-working of Lucent’s Active PhoneBook application and IBM Workplace Collaboration Services™ for enterprise applications that enables a blended service across wireless and private/enterprise networks. The ability to offer blended services across wireless and private networks will allow carriers to offer end-users lifestyle services at work, at home or on the go.

As part of a broader technology collaboration relationship, Lucent and IBM have developed more than a dozen joint offers including the inter-working between IMS and IPTV with Caller ID (enabled by IBM Websphere), and IMS and web services inter-working (enabled by Lucent Service Broker™). Lucent and IBM have already completed proof-of-concept testing of several of these offers with service providers in Europe, Asia and North America.

About IBM Blade Center
IBM’s award-winning blades can run differing operating systems and applications, while sharing the same chassis. In addition to the BladeCenter and BladeCenter High Performance chassis, IBM also offers BladeCenter T, a telecom industry-specific chassis, customized for wireless and telecommunications that require continuous uptime. IBM BladeCenter T systems are unique among blade servers in that they are both Network Equipment Building System 3 (NEBS 3) and European Telecommunications Standard Industry (ETSI) compliant. This represents the most stringent level of certification for the telecommunications industry. All IBM blade servers, switches and modules are designed to operate in all three available chassis. This unparalleled system flexibility helps customers reduce the complexity of their infrastructures and is a key factor in the convergence of the network and datacenter infrastructures that is projected to be the next wave of innovation for telecommunications. For more information on IBM Systems, visit

About Lucent Technologies
Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent’s customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit


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