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France’s Axione selects Alcatel-Lucent’s solutions to help bridge region’s Digital Divide


Paris- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been selected by Axione — a company of Bouygues Construction specializing in the management of local public broadband services for telecom operators and local communities — to further develop its networks across France. Alcatel-Lucent will provide its Ethernet, IP/MPLS and Fiber to the home (FTTH) technologies as well as professional services including project management, network design, installation, integration and maintenance, enabling Axione to offer high-speed triple play services in 11 departments and cities across the country through public service outsourcing contracts.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Ethernet and IP/MPLS solution will enable Axione to offer highly reliable communication services such as Virtual Leased Lines (VLL) and Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) to its business customers. The IP/MPLS network also forms the platform for additional advanced services with minimal further investment.

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver fully tested, integrated, high-performance Fiber To The Home (FTTH) network solutions.

“Economic development and growth for our customers across the country is the goal of this project,” said Jacques Beauvois, Chairman of Axione. “Alcatel-Lucent’s IP/MPLS network allows us to significantly improve operations and meet our growing business needs. As well, their recognized expertise in fiber provides us with efficient access solutions to enhance customer service levels in regional communities.”

“This project demonstrates Axione’s commitment to bridging the digital divide which ultimately will boost economic and social development in regional communities,” said Pierre Barnabé, Vice President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in France. “Our solutions and services will enable Axione to provide its business customers with high-quality access to voice, video and data services while successfully addressing future requirements.”

Global market leader in broadband access, with more than 180 million DSL lines shipped to date, Alcatel-Lucent is engaged in more than 90 FTTx projects around the world. Over 250 service providers in more than 100 countries around the world have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS portfolio as key elements of their IP transformation. According to Ovum, Alcatel-Lucent holds the #2 position in the IP/MPLS Edge market segment. Alcatel-Lucent is also a global leader in the area of project management, design and integration of both software and hardware, and maintenance services.

About Axione
Axione, part of ETDE - a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction - specializes in the building and operation of broadband and high speed Broadband networks for telecommunications operators and local communities in the scope of their digital development projects on the French territory. Axione is currently active in France under 11 public service outsourcing contracts signed with Dorsal Limousin, the departments of Sarthe, Maine-et-Loire (1 and 2), Loire, Nièvre, Charente-Maritime, and the cities of Pau (Very Broadband FTTH), Gonfreville l’Orcher (Le Havre - high speed broadband FTTH), Quimper and Tours. For more information, visit external

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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