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China Telecom to address rising broadband demand in China by selecting Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade network performance


China’s largest wireline service provider chooses Alcatel-Lucent’s Service Router portfolio to prepare for next-generation 100-Gigabits broadband networks as broadband growth in China soars

Paris, –China Telecom, one of the world’s largest telecommunications service providers, has selected Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) to upgrade its network capability as demand for broadband connections and access to high-bandwidth content, such as video, grows rapidly in China. Leveraging industry-leading 100G technology, Alcatel-Lucent ranked the first position in China Telecom’s IP procurement this time. The contract was secured by Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China.

In the second half of 2010, 43% of the world’s new broadband connections occurred in China, highlighting the need for Chinese service providers to meet this demand while maintaining network quality. With China Telecom preparing to introduce speeds of 100G (100 Gigabits-per-second) - a first for a service provider in China - this deployment will provide a major boost to network capacity and performance in the service provider’s network.

China Telecom is using Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 Service Routers and 5620 Service Aware Manager portfolio to increase overall data speeds and support the prioritization of different kinds of internet traffic such as video, applications and voice. This offers an ideal solution for intelligently managing demand for services in a cost-effective way, at the same time maintaining the quality that is vital for delivering these types of applications, as demand for broadband increases even further.

Wei Leping, chairman of China Telecom Science & Technology Committee, said: “With the continuously booming broadband demand in the future, it’s very crucial to maintain the network quality for smoothly delivering the applications. The Alcatel-Lucent solutions not only ensure our service quality but also give us the flexibility to upgrade to 100G smoothly in the future.” By deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G solutions, the broadband network can handle tasks such as the transfer of 100,000 MP3 files in 60 seconds or the concurrent live streaming of over 15,000 HDTV channels.

Rajeev Singh-Molares, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in the Asia Pacific region said: “Alcatel-Lucent first demonstrated 100G technology to China Telecom in September 2010 under very rigorous, real-world conditions, and our service router portfolio delivered exceptionally high quality and efficiency. This successful performance has made us the vendor of choice to partner with China Telecom in this high-growth market and support the first 100G deployment in China, and also led us to the winning of 46% market share in the IP bidding.”

Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 Service Router and 5620 Service Aware Manager are cornerstones of Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage NetworkTM.

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach.

The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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