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Alcatel-Lucent launches its second “Breaking the Barriers” publication at NXTcomm


Reference work examines current state of fixed broadband access and its future

NXTcomm, Las Vegas (NV), June 2008 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the public availability of its reference work on the transformation of fixed broadband access - “Breaking the Barriers: Transformation to the Digital Life”. The first copies of this new, expanded perspective on the evolution of broadband will exclusively be distributed at the Alcatel-Lucent booth at NXTcomm.

Containing more than 40 articles, “Breaking the Barriers” bundles the expertise and insights of some of the most recognized and innovative players in the telecoms industry and is, as such, company-agnostic. Industry analysts, executive operator representatives, government officials and technology experts talk about how they view today’s and tomorrow’s broadband access market, including the threats and opportunities ahead. Building on real-world case studies and quantifiable data, the book offers a comprehensive view of how broadband is to evolve – in a very concrete way, without engaging in mere speculation.

In the 18 months since Alcatel-Lucent published the first volume of “Breaking the Barriers”, the broadband market has changed dramatically. A year and a half ago, for example, operators were still looking at options for evolving their broadband access networks and had only just begun to offer IPTV packages. Since then, IPTV has reached mass-market momentum and many operators have started to implement concrete “fiber access” strategies. An updated and re-evaluated vision on operators’ broadband access strategies had thus become a requirement.

Cesar Bachelet, Senior Analyst, ABI Research commented: “Breaking the Barriers contains an interesting, varied range of articles on broadband networks and some of the services delivered over this infrastructure, such as VoIP and IPTV, encompassing opinion pieces and case studies from various perspectives. A useful reference, with concise, inter-related, yet self-contained articles enabling you to dip in and out of the various topics.”

Lynn Hutcheson, VP Communication Components, Ovum, added: “Broadband is becoming ubiquitous and a necessary tool for both the workplace and our personal lives. Breaking the Barriers is an excellent reference book to get a look at what this thing called ‘broadband’ is all about. It’s an easy read for anyone interested in learning more about, and becoming better acquainted with, broadband networks, applications and capabilities.”

“In Breaking the Barriers, broadband is examined in all its aspects: as a driver of social and economic change; as a focal point of innovation; as a business opportunity in a continuously changing marketplace. This reference work on the current state of broadband provides an industry-wide perspective from those ’in the know’ both inside and outside Alcatel-Lucent,” said Luis Martinez Amago, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s fixed access activities.

Alcatel-Lucent is the world leader in fixed broadband access, and a trusted partner guiding its customers along the path of access network transformation. Alcatel-Lucent provides innovative access solutions to the top-20 global operators, supporting the largest mass deployments of video, voice and data services.

Alcatel-Lucent brings its customers the strongest product portfolio in all fixed broadband access segments, thought leadership demonstrated by consultative marketing programs, substantial and ongoing investment in innovation and technology, and the experience of a market leader that is accustomed to supporting very large, complex end-to-end deployments.

Pick up your free copy of “Breaking the Barriers – Transformation to the Digital Life” at the Alcatel-Lucent booth at NXTcomm (# 3116). For more info on the “Breaking the Barriers” initiative, and for online orders, please consult the following webpage -


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