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Alcatel-Lucent welcomes the Internet Engineering Task Force to Dublin


Paris, July 2008 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it is hosting the 72nd meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) which takes place in Dublin this week. During the event, more than 1,200 vendors, service providers, application developers and academics will converge on the city to determine standards that may influence the evolution of the Internet.

The Task Force was formed in 1986 and since its inception, has standardized many of the protocols and applications that drive the Internet - including IP, MPLS, email, instant messaging, diary functions, the domain name system, IP mobility, SIP, security and network management systems. The group has three meetings a year, one of which is in Europe. This is the first time the Task Force has met in Ireland.

“We are very pleased to welcome the IETF to Dublin and commend Alcatel-Lucent and Eircom for sponsoring this event ”, said Irish Communications Minister Eamon Ryan. “The digital industry is fundamental to the economic development of Ireland. The recently published Government policy on next generation broadband will ensure Ireland will have one of the most modern and innovative telecoms infrastructures in Europe. The internet has a unique power to bring great societal and environmental benefits as well as economic growth”.

Kevin O’Callaghan, Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent’s business in Ireland, who will address the task force on Wednesday 30th July said, “Alcatel-Lucent is very pleased to host this event which will continue to define the standards for the Internet – an innovation which has become an integral part of our every day lives. Our company has a long history at the forefront of innovation and has introduced many new technologies to Ireland including ATM, SDH, DSL and earlier in July, the first WiMAX Rev-e network in association with the National University of Ireland Maynooth.We are also fully committed to implementing important new standards, such as IPv6, which will influence how the Internet continues to develop ”.

The conference takes place July 27 - 1 August 2008 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin Ireland.


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