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Alcatel-Lucent sponsors Broadband Environment Challenge


Understanding that the telecommunications industry can play a unique and significant role in protecting the environment, Alcatel-Lucent joins forces with the Telecommunications Journal of Australia (TJA) in the Broadband Environment Challenge, offering $10,000 in prize money for the best papers on broadband applications and solutions with potential to deliver benefits to environmental sustainability.

The Eckermann-TJA Prize, named after the founder of the Alcatel-Lucent Broadband Environment Challenge, Professor Robin Eckermann, will be awarded to the paper which best demonstrates how an existing use of broadband technology delivers environmentally sustainable benefits, or which proposes new ways of delivering eco-sustainability benefits.

Papers are invited in such areas as consumption of natural resources, greenhouse gas emissions, waste production, and discharge into water and air from operations.

Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy hosted the proceedings at the official launch on Wednesday 20 August at the Telstra Integration Lab in Melbourne.

“Environmental sustainability is an issue of growing concern for Governments around the world. In Australia, the Rudd Government recognises the potential for broadband to play a role in addressing environmental sustainability issues and as such is pleased to support the Alcatel-Lucent Broadband Environment Challenge.” Senator Conroy said.

Hilary Mine, Alcatel-Lucent Managing Director Australasia and North Asia showed strong support for this exciting initiative at the event:

“Alcatel-Lucent is committed to operating in a manner that protects the environment, and to helping our customers do the same,” she remarked.

“Moreover as the world’s leading provider of broadband technologies we believe that broadband can contribute positively to the challenges and opportunities we face in Australia as we collectively seek to take a global leadership position in environmental sustainability.”

Also present at the launch were Professor Peter Gerrand, Editor-in-Chief of TJA and Professor Robin Eckermann, who will be heading up the judging panel for the Challenge.

As sponsors of this event, Alcatel-Lucent is emphasising it’s commitment to generating initiatives to minimise the ecological footprint of telecommunications worldwide and demonstrates our support of eco-sustainable practices and programs.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprise and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 17.8 billion in 2007 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:


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