Vodafone Netherlands selects Alcatel-Lucent’s mobile enterprise solution to expand wireless office services
Paris, January 18, 2007 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that mobile operator Vodafone Netherlands has deployed a network-based Alcatel-Lucent enterprise solution to enable Vodafone Netherlands to expand the capabilities of its Wireless Office service.
The Alcatel-Lucent solution provides Vodafone Netherlands with an opportunity that both addresses the demands of enterprises and transforms the way employees communicate. With this network-based solution, Alcatel-Lucent offers enterprises an alternative choice to meet their communications and business needs. Employees benefit from mobility while having access to their company communications resources, which can increase productivity by eliminating the need to be in the office to access fixed-line PBX or Centrex communications services.
In addition, Alcatel-Lucent is offering network integration services, including design and engineering support, for the enterprise solution being offered to Vodafone.
Vodafone’s enhanced Wireless Office Service is a network-based IP Centrex solution that enables business customers to use mobile phones to access communications features that previously would only have been available via fixed telephones in a company’s offices. Features that Vodafone is initially making available on mobile phones are extension dialing, hunt groups to route a call to an available line, placing calls in queue, conferencing, and call transfer. In addition, the solution comprises a receptionist switchboard for handling calls to a company’s prime number, geographical numbers (fixed numbers), company numbers (088) and Call Management Software for easy call management by end users.
“For business customers it’s critical to be able to communicate anywhere anytime. Vodafone has acknowledged this and has introduced its Wireless Office service, which provides the best of both worlds: the functionality of fixed communications with the flexibility of mobile communications,” says Jeroen Hoencamp, Director Enterprise Business Unit at Vodafone Netherlands. “Vodafone’s mobile plus strategic objective is to innovate and deliver on customers total communications needs. Alcatel-Lucent has helped us establish the new service, which is a next step in realizing our strategic objective for the enterprise market.”
“There is a new business generation that demands services that match their professional and personal lifestyles, and it is our mission to help service providers meet these customers’ needs,” said Luc Defieuw, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in the Benelux, Nordic and Baltic countries. “Vodafone now is in a unique position to offer its customers a full mobile solution for company communications.”
Alcatel-Lucent’s mobile enterprise voice solution for Vodafone includes the Alcatel-Lucent Feature Server, Alcatel-Lucent Network Controller, Alcatel-Lucent Media Gateway, Alcatel-Lucent Firewall Brick and Alcatel-Lucent VitalSuite® Performance Management Software.
About Vodafone Libertel N.V
Vodafone is one of the largest mobile telecommunications companies in the Netherlands and is part of the worldwide Vodafone Group, the world’s leading telecommunications company for mobile telephony with over 191 million proportionate customers on five continents. The Vodafone Group has holdings in the share capital of mobile operators in 26 countries and collaborative arrangements with partner networks in 34 countries.
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 79,000 employees and 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 proforma combined revenues of Euro 18.6 billion in 2005, and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities to be transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
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