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Alcatel-Lucent to deliver advanced communication network to the University of Concepción in Chile


Connected knowledge, enhanced security are key drivers for communications at universities

Concepción, Chile – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) announced today that it has been selected by Telefónica Empresas to provide the new IP network to be installed at the University of Concepción campuses at Concepción, Chillán, Los Angeles and at its office in Santiago. The project is scheduled for completion in October 2008.

Once deployed, the Alcatel-Lucent IP communications network will allow University of Concepción students, professors, administrative staff and others to communicate and collaborate with unparalleled security, speed, and reliability. The users will enjoy the benefits of unified communications including audio and video conferencing for increased productivity and wireless internet for a mobile learning environment. The campus security will also be improved with alarm and video surveillance systems and inter-campus calls will be cheaper.

The network installation is being carried out by Alcatel-Lucent’s business partner e-Business Distribution S.A., and will be centrally managed by Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniVista technology for telephony, unified communications, IP phones, LAN and WLAN across the campus.

“Completely transforming our voice, data and video network on wired, wireless and optical infrastructures is a significant undertaking. We are investing in this project to maintain the highest standard of education at Universidad of Concepción, and look forward to becoming the university with the most advanced communication infrastructure in Chile,” said Sergio Lavanchy, Director of the Universidad de Concepción. “We are very proud of this project, which will improve the learning experience for our entire community,” he added.

“We are very pleased that Universidad of Concepción entrusts this project to Telefonica Empresas’ care. We have the experience of such projects and we understand the importance of the communications on such an educational environment,” said Rafael Zamora, general manager of Telefónica Empresas.

“Alcatel-Lucent is helping customers transform to adopt a dynamic communications model that strengthens relationships, simplifies interaction, and improves performance” said Tom Burns, COO of Alcatel-Lucent’s Enterprise activities. “Universidad de Concepción is setting the standard for other universities in the region, and we look forward to an ongoing relationship that improves education and connects knowledge through new technologies and applications.”

About Universidad of Concepcion
The University of Concepcion is an institution of Higher education, organized as a Private Corporation. It was founded in 1919, becoming the first regional university in Chile. The University’s founder, Enrique Molina, proposed that “ this new University, in addition to professional education in liberal arts and technical sciences, as required by the development and increased national wealth, will be center of information for the public, outreach, scientific research and experimentation, and the promotion of best literary, humanist and philosophical culture ”. Nowadays, the University has an over 20.000 undergraduate student in more than 80 careers, and over a 1.000 national and international students in its postgraduated programs. The community of the University of Concepción works in its three campuses located in the cities of Concepción, Los Angeles and Chillán plus its corporative office in Santiago. Research and teaching are the most important activities of the university. More than 200 projects of research are in development. The University invests every year more of US$66 million in infrastructure, research, services, attentions to pupils and cultural diffusion. For more information visit external link

About Telefónica Empresas
Telefónica Empresas subsidiary for Corporate Communications business area of Telefónica Chile, has the mission of providing a comprehensive response to the communications needs of the larger and more complex organizations established in Chile. Telefónica Empresas’ clients include ministries, public institutions, and both domestic and global corporations and large companies involved in the broadest range of economic activities. The primary services provided by Telefónica Empresas include data transmission, mainly through IP technology-based services. In some cases, circuit-based solutions and traditional data network services such as ATM and Frame Relay are provided. PABX-based solutions and videoconferencing are also offered. The Company also provides corporate clients with advanced telephony solutions and private IP telephony and IP Centrex solutions based on a Next Generation Network (NGN) infrastructure.

About e-Business Distribution S.A.
external linke-Business Distribution S.A. (eBD), a company belonging to the holding external linkNewcomm Group S.A., is a company of professional services in the field of telecommunications, focused on the design, implementation and operation of solutions for voice, IP, data, applications, multimedia contact centers and trade desks solutions. With more than 65 years of experience, eBD is the technology partner of the most major national and international organizations, with a portfolio of more than 1200 customers, including corporations, large and medium companies. It is the only Alcatel Premium Business Partner in the country and a leader in commercalizing its solutions in Chile and Latin America. EBD is also a company that has certified all its processes under the ISO 9001:2000, complying with world quality standards.

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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