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Lucent Technologies Announces Support for Upgrade of TV Cabo’s Network for Next-Generation Communications Services


Tuesday November 28, 2006 - LISBON, PORTUGAL - Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU) and TV Cabo, Portugal´s largest pay-tv operator, today announced the successful completion of a network readiness assessment for TV Cabo´s existing hybrid fiber/coaxial (HFC) cable network.

“Migrating infrastructure to next-generation network technology is a significant challenge for communications service providers,” said Nuno Almeida Carvalho, country manager for Lucent Technologies in Portugal. “Lucent supports TV Cabo´s network upgrade process with a range of solutions and services, based on its experience with numerous cable operators around the world. A thorough network readiness assessment is a key factor in introducing high-quality services such as VoIP over cable.”

Lucent used a comprehensive methodology to provide a comprehensive view of TV Cabo"s network capabilities. This included a layer-by-layer analysis of the network, which resulted in several technical recommendations in how to improve performance. In addition, a validation model for TV Cabo´s HFC cells was defined and then employed to assess the service readiness of a specific subset of network cells.

The result was a set of recommendations and tools that allow TV Cabo to refine its service deployment strategy of next-generation communications services.

TV Cabo, a subsidiary of PT Multimedia, is the leader in the Portuguese pay-tv market and one of the most important operators in Europe, with over 1.4 million customers and a market share above 80 percent.

TV Cabo’s television subscription service is available nationwide with distribution over cable and digital satellite platforms.

TV Cabo pioneered broadband Internet access in Portugal in 1999, with 349,000 customers in September 2006.

Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, designs and delivers networks for the world´s largest communications service providers. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent relies on its strengths in mobility, optical, data and voice networking technologies as well as software and services to develop next-generation networks. The company´s systems, services and software are designed to help customers quickly deploy and better manage their networks and create new, revenue-generating services that help businesses and consumers. For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit its Web site at


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