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Kenya Data Network selects Alcatel-Lucent for triple play service offering


Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that Kenya Data Network, a full service, data communications carrier, has selected the Alcatel-Lucent triple play service delivery architecture (TPSDA) for the delivery of voice, video and data services to consumers and enterprises throughout Kenya and other East African countries. This three-year frame contract, which is valued at approximately 14 Million Euros, will be the largest TPSDA deployment in the region serving an estimated 350,000 subscribers. Deployments will start in 2007 in Kenya’s capital Nairobi followed by the cities of Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru, Nyeri and others. Further deployments will take place starting in 2008 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Tanzania.

The Alcatel-Lucent TPSDA provides a unified, scalable and highly resilient service infrastructure that enables KDN to carry multiple service types on its nationwide IP backbone as well as traffic from international and domestic Internet service providers and other telecommunications service providers.

“As time-to-market is a significant factor for us, we can rely on Alcatel-Lucent‘s unmatched experience in providing quality, end-to-end triple play services within our required timeframes,” said Kai Wulff, Managing Director– Kenya Data Networks Limited. “Residential customers in Kenya will now be in a position to enjoy high quality triple play and advanced Internet access services.”

“This project will enable KDN to expand its business throughout the East African region,” saidOlivier Picard, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Europe and South activities. “Thanks to Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end, triple play-ready network, KDN subscribers will be able to enjoy a seamless user-experience when using voice, multimedia and Internet services.”

Alcatel-Lucent’s architecture is based on its industry-leading IP/MPLS, IP DSLAM and management portfolios. The Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS) at the edge plus the 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) and 7330 ISAM fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) in the access network provide the performance, scalability and reliability required to offer wire-rate, non-blocking triple play services to all users at the same time. End-to-end service and network management is provided by the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) and 5523 ADSL Work Station (AWS).

Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in triple play with more than 45 deployments in progress. Alcatel-Lucent’s ISAM family has been chosen by more than 135 service providers globally – including 80% of the top 20 DSL operators worldwide. With more than 126 million DSL lines shipped, Alcatel-Lucent remains the uncontested global market leader in broadband access. Alcatel-Lucent reinforced its #2 position in Services Edge Routing in the first quarter of 2007, with 22% of the market according to Synergy Research Group.


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