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Alcatel-Lucent demonstrates WiMAX leadership and features managed services and outsourcing solutions at AfricaCom 2008 in Cape Town


Alcatel-Lucent is turning Broadband into reality in Africa

AfricaCom 2008 – Cape Town — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is showcasing its leadership in WiMAX and in Managed Services and Outsourcing Solutions at AfricaCom 2008, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa on November 18th and 19th, 2008.

Visitors to the Alcatel-Lucent’s stand, booth A13 in Hall 2 at Cape Town Conference Center, will see demonstrations of solutions that turn Broadband into reality in Africa; by supporting service providers to leapfrog to the latest technologies and implement new business models to deliver cost-effective and innovative broadband services to end-users.

As demand for broadband services, mobile and fixed, increases throughout Africa, network operators need to expand their reach to get more subscribers onto their networks, and to create value through usage, which is all about the innovative and affordable services that can be offered to end-users. Now service providers or new entrants, wireless or wireline, have the opportunity to bridge the digital divide and enable the adoption of affordable broadband in Africa, by selecting the most appropriate technologies and business model.

Alcatel-Lucent, the leader in the broadband access market, is the key partner to service providers supporting them to turn broadband into reality in Africa.

By delivering 2G/EDGE and 3G/HSPA access, with a flexible solution ready for future evolution and optimizing total cost of ownership, Alcatel-Lucent has engaged the broadband inroad. Paving the way to 4G, with a unique end-to-end WiMAX solution, Alcatel-Lucent provides a cost-effective and innovative full IP broadband network, with a broad and mature eco-system of terminals to deliver broadband to the masses.

Combined with an appropriate range of Alcatel-Lucent IPTV, VoIP, entertainment applications, messaging and managed business services; service providers have a unique opportunity to enrich the end-user experience and find new revenue opportunities.

Furthermore, based on a portfolio of proven outsourcing and managed network services business models and solutions, Alcatel-Lucent can support service providers in operating their network efficiently. With a long track-record and worldwide references, industry leading experience and multi-vendor capabilities combined with global resources and a local presence in telecom network operations, Alcatel-Lucent provide innovative solutions that lower costs and improve service quality and client satisfaction.

Live Demos:

Among a wide range of demonstrations and presentations; Alcatel-Lucent features at the show:

- Managed Services and Outsourcing Solutions

Visitors will see how Alcatel-Lucent’s managed network services and outsourcing solutions enable business transformation, improve network and service performance and optimize resources’ utilization, thus leading to an increased overall customer satisfaction.

- End-to-End IP wireless-broadband solution for WiMAX

This solution embodies Alcatel-Lucent unique ability to provide a fully integrated end-to-end architecture combining Alcatel-Lucent’s market-proven leadership in both WiMAX and IP networking. In addition to the need to rapidly deliver voice and broadband Internet today, the solution provides complete readiness to introduce mobile interactive multimedia services at the appropriate time.

- Cross-Applications Managed Services

This demonstration explains how mobile carriers can leverage their 2G-subscriber base and capture new users by extending the mobile offering with a PC client. Through this PC client, users can have access to more advanced and innovative applications, integrated with web technologies and communities.

- GeoMessaging, Visual Messaging and Converged Communications

This demonstration features the visual voice mail interface with delivery/retrieval of messages over the carrier’s data network; thus enabling the delivery of messages based on user location.

Conference Participation

Moreover, Alcatel-Lucent is participating in two sessions at the conference. On November 18th, Thierry Albrand, Alcatel-Lucent Digital Bridge Vice-President, presents how Alcatel-Lucent is bringing broadband to underserved communities; and on November 19th, Thierry Langlais, Alcatel-Lucent Business Development Vice-President for Network Operations presents how Alcatel-Lucent network infrastructure is helping carriers optimize OPEX and CAPEX.

Alcatel-Lucent has been active in the Southern Africa region for more than 40 years, helping various operators and service providers rolling out mobile and fixed broadband networks in countries like South Africa, Angola and Botswana, etc.

Alcatel-Lucent is a long-term committed market leader in Africa, with regional headquarters in Egypt, with an active presence in almost all the region’s countries. With a comprehensive and diversified portfolio of products and solutions, R&D capabilities, a renowned services practice, Alcatel-Lucent is well positioned in Africa to address the fastest growing areas of broadband network transformation of various network operators and services providers in this region that is considered among Alcatel-Lucent’s most promising growing markets.

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions that deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. 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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