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Brasil Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent to deploy first commercial WiMAX Rev-e networks in Brazil


Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris e NYSE: ALU) announced today that it has been selected by Brasil Telecom, one of the biggest mobile and fixed telephony operators in Brazil, to deploy the first commercial WiMAX networks -- using the 802.16e-2005 (also called Rev-e) standard -- in the cities of São Paulo, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.

“WiMAX will enable us to distribute state-of-the-art services, particularly in the rural and urban regions that today do not have access to many of the services those in more urban areas take for granted. This network will enable us to fully meet our customers’ services requirements in São Paulo, Curitiba and Porto Alegre, in addition to its surrounding region,” said Mauro Fukuda, Brasil Telecom Director of Technology and Architecture. “We selected Alcatel-Lucent because its universal WiMAX solution is available now and it is flexible, easy to deploy and scalable, which will help our partners bring these services to market more quickly.”

Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its end-to-end WiMAX solution, including base stations, wireless access controllers, backbone links, Ethernet MXC 9500 links, IP aggregation equipment, software and application platforms. It also will provide design and planning for end-to-end integration of the network as well as provisioning services for Brasil Telecom’s network.

“With our complete and powerful WiMAX solution, Brasil Telecom’s network will benefit from the most advanced technologies in terms of radio frequency management. Our solution will enable Brasil Telecom’s professional and residential subscribers to have fast, reliable connections to the Internet in fixed and nomadic environments in areas with little or no DSL coverage,” said Olivier Picard, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Europe and South activities. “This project underscores Alcatel-Lucent’s commitment to WiMAX as a key element of its universal broadband access strategy, and expands the company’s footprint in the region.”

Alcatel-Lucent’s Universal WiMAX solution is designed to enable rapid implementation of voice over IP (VoIP) and broadband services such as mobile data, video streaming and virtual private network (VPN) access in fixed, nomadic and mobile environments. WiMAX is a flexible technology that enables people to access high-speed, high-quality broadband wireless services wherever they are and wherever they go, providing truly “universal” wireless broadband access. Alcatel-Lucent’s Open CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) program will give Brasil Telecom access to the most advanced end-user devices and to a large choice of devices for its services.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Universal WiMAX solution integrates the latest technological innovations, such as “beam forming”* and MIMO**. “Beam forming” makes it possible for a service provider to dramatically reduce the number of radio sites needed to provide coverage – in some instances by as much as 40 percent – while reducing interferences and ensuring better indoor penetration of the radio signal. “MIMO” helps make radio links more robust, nearly doubling the capacity delivered in dense urban environments.

With more than 70 pilots and deployments across the world and 15 commercial contracts signed since the beginning of 2007, this new project clearly underscores Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership in the WiMAX market.


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