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Bezeq selects Alcatel-Lucent solution for metro Ethernet and IP-VPN network in Israel


Paris, August 2008 -Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it has been selected by Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecommunications provider, as the foundation for its new metro Ethernet network. Alcatel-Lucent will provide its industry-leading Ethernet & IP routing solution to help Bezeq deliver premium Ethernet L2 services, such as Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), and Ethernet-lines (E-lines) to its business customers. Bezeq is planning to take advantage of the IP VPN functionality and other rich functionalities that the solution offers as well.

The Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS solution supports the needs of Bezeq to evolve to packet-based network architectures as part of the operator’s ongoing MPLS network transformation process. This approach enables Bezeq to support the convergence of IP voice, data and video over Layer 2 and/or Layer 3 business VPN services with the performance and resiliency necessary to run latency-sensitive applications. The solution also enables Bezeq to tailor business VPN service offerings to each enterprise’s unique requirements.

“Operators are looking for solutions that can support the effective delivery of high-quality next-generation services for their customers,” said Yuval Keinan, VP of Engineering, BEZEQ. “Bezeq, being the leading service provider in this market, decided to follow the path of NGN. Alcatel-Lucent’s offering of a state of the art solution for the delivery of new advanced IP services, will enable Bezeq to continue and transform our network to all IP, maintaining Bezeq’s technological excellence.”

“Our IP/MPLS portfolio offers Bezeq a flexible, highly scalable Business VPN services solution allowing them to meet enterprise business-critical communications requirements efficiently and cost-effectively all with a guaranteed, flexible evolution path,” said Pierre Barnabé, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in France, Iberia & Italy. “Alcatel-Lucent’s global experience and carrier-class IP transformation solution will help Bezeq maximize its network’s potential and deliver innovative and differentiating services to satisfy enterprises current and future needs.”

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 7750 Service Router and 5620 Service Aware Manager as the base for Bezeq’s new metro Ethernet network. Alcatel-Lucent’s Ethernet & IP routing solution is unique in its ability to ensure reliable, non-stop service delivery with the quality of service (QoS) necessary to offer differentiated services to customers.

More than 200 service providers in more than 90 countries around the world have selected Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS solutions. More than 80 service providers have announced VPN services using the Alcatel-Lucent Service Router Portfolio including BT, Cable & Wireless, France Telecom, KPN, Telefonica, China Telecom, Telekom Malaysia, Indosat, Qwest, Embarq, Brasil Telecom and Telemar.


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