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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Patricia Russo delivered opening keynote at CeBIT


Patricia Russo, Chief Executive Officer for Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) delivered yesterday a keynote speech to open the 2007 CeBIT Fair in Hannover, Germany. The speech was part of the opening ceremony, which included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Minister President of Lower Saxony Christian Wulf, EU Commissioner Viviane Reding and other dignitaries.

Emphasizing themes of this year’s CEBIT, Patricia Russo’s comments centered on success in the ICT sector requiring imagination, the right business platforms and the right environment.

In terms of imagination, she highlighted the view that it is about creativity and daring to dream. It means freeing minds of perceived limitations and inspiring others to take a fresh look at the world. Her comments also illustrated that imagination leads to innovation, which is an evolutionary process, it sparks other ideas, and in the end requires the necessary resources and partners to put these ideas into practice.

This final point clearly demonstrates that imagination, leading to innovative ideas is predicated on the need for the right business platforms. Within the framework of today’s changing competitive landscape, three factors were identified as key to developing a strong business platform: strategic innovation focused on the end-user, effective partnerships and investment in the necessary resources.

The final piece of the equation needed for success in the ICT sector is the right environment. This includes regulations that encourage fair competition, standards organizations that deliver clarity for those involved, and an educational system that provides skilled employees for the sector.

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 to be transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:


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