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Nuevatel and Alcatel-Lucent launch commercial WiMAX Rev-e network in Bolivia


Paris, May 2008 — Nuevatel PCS, one of the leading telecommunications operators in Bolivia, where it operates under the VIVA brand name, and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) announced today the launch of a commercial WiMAX rev-e network in Bolivia, based on the WiMAX 802.16e-2005 standard. This new network will support voice over IP (VoIP), high-speed Internet access and other data services for Nuevatel customers.

“This new WiMAX network will make it possible for us to offer our business and residential customers a wide range of easy-to-use wireless broadband services,” said Freddy Maldonado Valcik, Nuevatel’s CEO. “Alcatel-Lucent’s WiMAX solution will enable us to better serve customers in such major urban centers as the cities of La Paz, El Alto, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, which currently are under-served. Alcatel-Lucent’s unique expertise and ability to set up a wireless broadband network has enabled us to begin offering these new services to our customers quickly and efficiently.”

Alcatel-Lucent provided Nuevatel a complete WiMAX solution, including base stations, wireless access controllers, software and application platforms. The company has also provided high-value professional services including, design and planning for end-to-end network integration services, radio network planning, installation and commissioning, project management and support services for Nuevatel’s network. Alcatel-Lucent’s services experience has ensured that Nuevatel’s network has been deployed fast in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

To ensure Nuevatel’s customers will benefit from early, state-of-the-art WiMAX devices that comply with the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard, Alcatel-Lucent has teamed up with ZyXEL, a pioneer in this domain, to provide customer premise equipment.

“In fast-growing economies such as Bolivia, our WiMAX solution is a valuable tool for rapidly and cost-effectively increasing penetration of high-speed Internet access and basic telephony services via VoIP because the carrier can avoid the costly and disruptive civil engineering work of deploying copper or optical fiber cable,” said Victor Agnellini, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in the Caribbean and Latin America region. “In addition to being able to offer new revenue-generating services, Nuevatel will benefit from additional operational efficiencies because this solution offers one of the most advanced technologies in terms of radio frequency management.”

This contract strengthens Alcatel-Lucent presence and universal broadband access solution leadership position in the Caribbean and Latin America and expands the company’s footprint in the region. With 24 commercial contracts and more than 70 trials around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is the undisputed leader in the WiMAX market. Alcatel-Lucent has 24,000 services professionals around the globe dedicated to designing, integrating, testing and deploying networks.

Alcatel-Lucent’s WiMAX solution integrates the latest technological innovations, such as “beam forming”* and MIMO**. Beam forming enables a service provider to dramatically reduce the number of radio sites needed to provide coverage – in some instances by as much as 40 percent – while reducing interference and ensuring better indoor penetration of the radio signal. MIMO helps make radio links more robust, nearly doubling the capacity delivered in dense urban environments.


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