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European Commission Selects Lucent Technologies to Analyze and Recommend Actions to Ensure Availability and Robustness of Electronic Communications Infrastructures


FEBRUARY 14, 2006, MURRAY HILL, N.J/BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the European Commission, Directorate General Information Society and Media, to provide a comprehensive analysis of the factors influencing the availability of Europe’s electronic communications infrastructure, including its Internet and mobile networks.

The target of the study is the identification and analysis of the impact of threats and vulnerabilities on core (backbone), mobile and wireless networks - with a goal of developing recommendations for action by public authorities and industry players to secure Europe’s electronic communications infrastructures and mitigate the consequences.

“Electronic communications infrastructures support core tenets of a stable thriving society, such as national security, governance, public health and safety, economy, and essential services, such as transportation and power,” said Luis Eguiagaray, Managing Director, Lucent Worldwide Services, Europe. “In this contract, we will leverage the network reliability and security expertise of Bell Labs, the research and development arm of Lucent Technologies, and the multivendor network transformation expertise of Lucent Worldwide Services.”

Bell Labs is currently performing a related project with the U.S. Government’s Sandia National Labs to support the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by modeling and simulating the impact of significant communications disruptions on U.S. critical infrastructures.

“We are continually focused on designing and engineering next generation networks to the highest levels of robustness,” said Rati Thanawala, Vice President, Bell Labs Network Planning, Performance and Economic Analysis. “We are working on many advanced methods for improving network reliability and security. Some of these have been accepted as international standards and industry best practices and applied to European customers. It is an honor to be chosen by the European Commission to apply our expertise to this important study.”

About Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies
Bell Labs is the leading source of new communications technologies and has been for eighty years. It has generated more than 31,000 patents since 1925 and has played a pivotal role in inventing or perfecting key communications technologies, including transistors, digital networking and signal processing, lasers and fiber-optic communications systems, communications satellites, cellular telephony, electronic switching of calls, touch-tone dialing, and modems. Bell Labs scientists have received six Nobel Prizes in Physics, nine U.S. National Medals of Science and eight U.S. National Medals of Technology. For more information about Bell Labs, visit its Web site at

Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent’s customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit


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