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Alcatel-Lucent highlights its wireless broadband leadership and end-to-end solutions at ITU Telecom Africa 2008


ITU Telecom Africa - Cairo, May 2008 — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) will showcase its leadership in the network evolution to mass broadband and feature the full breadth of its end-to-end solutions to support fixed and wireless broadband multimedia services at the upcoming ITU Telecom Africa 2008, taking place in Cairo, Egypt, from May 12th to 15th.

As service providers gather for the major networking event for information and communication technology (ICT) players across the African region, visitors to the Alcatel-Lucent booth (booth C95 in Hall 2) will be able to view demonstrations of innovative solutions, software and services developed to enrich the broadband end-user experience and to help transform telecommunications.

As demand for mobile services and new residential services increases throughout Africa, network operators need to expand their reach to get more subscribers onto their networks, and to create value through usage, which is all about the innovative and affordable services that can be offered to the end-users. Alcatel-Lucent will demonstrate how it helps service providers in Africa leapfrog to the latest technologies and implement new business models to deliver compelling and differentiated broadband services.

Alcatel-Lucent is a long-term committed market leader in Africa and the Middle East, with a regional headquarters in Egypt and an active presence in almost all the region’s countries. With a comprehensive and diversified portfolio of products and solutions, R&D capabilities and a renowned services practice, Alcatel-Lucent is well positioned in Africa and the Middle East to address the fastest growing areas of broadband network transformation of various network operators and services providers in the region. The Africa and Middle East region is considered among Alcatel-Lucent’s most promising growing markets.

Live Demos
Among a wide range of demonstrations, Alcatel-Lucent features:

* Mobile Messaging to Multimedia Entertainment, including Mobile TV,
* Universal Broadband, including GSM/EDGE and WiMAX, innovative and cost effective solutions well-suited for high-growth economies,
* Signaling network security, including the new Alcatel-Lucent 5074 Signaling Defense System for Mobile NGN/IP networks

Alcatel-Lucent Press Conference
Alcatel-Lucent is hosting a press conference at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, May 13 at the Media Center in the Cairo International Conference Center. The press conference will cover Alcatel-Lucent’s “Broadband for All” program, and will highlight primary research conducted on end-users’ broadband connectivity in Egypt and Kenya.

During the conference, Vincenzo Nesci, President of Alcatel-Lucent activities in Africa and the Middle East will discuss Alcatel-Lucent’s strategy in the emerging African region, while Valérie Faudon, Vice-President of Marketing Programs at Alcatel-Lucent will focus on how Alcatel-Lucent is helping to overcome difficulties facing the universal access to information through its digital inclusion initiatives in Africa and across the globe.

Keynote and Forum Panel participation
Moreover, Alcatel-Lucent will participate in numerous keynote sessions and panels organised by the ITU at the forum. On the Monday, 12 May 2008, Vincenzo Nesci, President Alcatel-Lucent for Africa and the Middle East, will give a speech during the plenary session on “Africa’s market: Challenges and Opportunities”, whereas Souheil Marine, Alcatel-Lucent Digital Bridge Manager, will talk on “the Convergence and NGNs” in the technology session of the same day.

Collaboration with Intel on WiMAX wireless broadband
Broadband services are an important component in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and have been identified as essential for social and economic Development. Alcatel-Lucent and Intel will discuss the issues surrounding broadband access at the “Power Lunch” hosted by ITU under the WiMAX theme which will take place on Monday, May 12. Furthermore Intel will be present at Alcatel-Lucent’s booth in order to demonstrate its end-user solutions that will harness the power of WiMAX in developing nations. With 24 commercial contracts and more than 70 trials around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is the undisputed leader in the WiMAX market.


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