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Alcatel-Lucent deploy IP/MPLS network for Halyk Bank in Kazakhstan


Almaty, July 2008 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that JSC “Halyk Bank” – one of the main general-purpose banks of the Republic of Kazakhstan, has selected the latest Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS portfolio to build a MultiProtocolLabelSwitching(MPLS)-based network for its subsidiary JSC “Kazteleport”. The design, deployment and maintenance of the network is also included in the contract.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Ethernet and IP/MPLS solution enables JSC “Kazteleport” to offer highly reliable communication services such as Virtual Leased Lines (VLL) and Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) to its business customers, mainly banks. The newly built IP/MPLS network also forms the platform for future services which will allow the next wave of advanced services with minimal further investment.

In the frame of this contract, Alcatel-Lucent installed Alcatel-Lucent 7750 and 7710 Service Routers,Alcatel-Lucent 7250 Service Access Switch for the backbone network and Alcatel-Lucent 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS) which provided scalable Ethernet/MPLS aggregation resulting in high bandwidth for high-speed Internet, video and voice services.

“The modern banking system of Kazakhstan applies innovative technologies to form a highly effective environment for the country’s financial organizations operation,” commented Askar Kusainov, Deputy Chairman on Information Technologies of Halyk Bank. “This IP/MPLS network project implemented by Alcatel-Lucent allows us to significantly improve operations in Halyk bank as well as in the whole financial system of the Republic of Kazakhstan which will help to form this system in compliance with highest international standards.”

“Being selected by Halyk Bank for their IP/MPLS metro area network projects demonstrates Alcatel-Lucent’s strong position in Kazakhstan, and reinforces our goal of helping operators & Enterprise to meet growing business needs,” said Askar Nassiev, General Director of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Kazakhstan & Central Asia.

Over 180 service providers in more than 70 countries around the world have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP portfolio as key elements of their IP transformation, including massive, multi-year projects at AT&T, BT and Telstra. During the first quarter of 2007, Alcatel-Lucent reinforced its #2 position in IP/MPLS edge garnering 20% of the market according to Ovum-RHK. Alcatel-Lucent is also a global leader in providing professional services, network operations and maintenance services to the communications networking industry.


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