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Alcatel-Lucent to play core role in IP networks transformation of Telefonica in Argentina and the Czech Republic

 Alcatel-Lucent to play core role in IP networks transformation of Telefonica
                     in Argentina and the Czech Republic

Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 XRS core router chosen by one of the world's leading
service providers as it transitions to a single IP network to support its
fixed and mobile broadband and IPTV services

PR Newswire

PARIS, Dec. 4, 2012

PARIS, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:
ALU) today announced that it has been selected by Telefonica, one of the
world's leading communications service providers, to upgrade the operator's
Internet protocol (IP) networks, initially in Argentina and the Czech
Republic, with one of the industry's most powerful core network routers, the
Alcatel-Lucent 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS).

This agreement makes Telefonica one of the first service providers in the
world to deploy the recently announced core router. This comes as Telefonica
prepares for the explosive growth in data traffic expected over the next
decade with the rapid uptake of smartphones, tablets and bandwidth-hungry
services such as video and gaming. Following the deployment Telefonica will
have a high-capacity IP network in these markets to support all of its service
offerings, including fixed and mobile broadband and IPTV.

Enrique Blanco, Telefonica's Global Chief Technology Officer said: "This
collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent is part of a far-reaching network
modernization effort which will give us one of the most powerful and efficient
IP networks. In order for us to dramatically increase our network capacity and
intelligence to address our customers' fast evolving demands we needed the
support of a new, truly disruptive solution. The Alcatel-Lucent XRS met this

Rapidly rising demand for online video and data is being driven by
smartphones, tablets, connected TVs and other devices, and enabled by faster
wireless, fiber and copper broadband access networks. These dynamics are
prompting network operators such as Telefonica to increase capacity upgrades
in the core of their networks, while also increasing intelligence and
capability at the edge. At the same time, the emergence of cloud-based
services and personalized content is driving the need for more flexibility in
these networks to quickly adapt to the requirements of consumers and

Federico Guillen, President Alcatel-Lucent Spain and Global Account Manager
for Telefonica said: "We are gratified that Telefonica has turned to
Alcatel-Lucent to play such an important role in the transformation of their
IP networks around the world. With the introduction of the 7950 XRS core
router, our IP portfolio offers truly best-in-class capabilities across the
board, and we look forward to the opportunity to take Telefonica's IP network
to the next level." 

Alcatel-Lucent's technology solution for Telefonica

For the deployment Alcatel-Lucent is supplying Telefonica with its new 7950
XRS family - based on the 400G FP3 chipset – which brings a huge boost in
capacity, efficiency and flexibility to the heart of IP networks, while
slashing power consumption and total cost of ownership. Representing a new
generation of IP core routers, the 7950 XRS is based on a compact, highly
efficient system design that is built with the future in mind. The 7950 XRS
family supports five times the density of today's core routers and, using the
latest techniques in silicon and system design, slashes power consumption by
66 percent compared to typical core routers.

Telefonica also will benefit from a common operating system (SR OS) across the
Alcatel-Lucent router portfolio - a highly available, feature-rich and
field-proven software infrastructure that is trusted by more than 450 service
providers worldwide. The solution also features a common network management
system – the 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) – offering seamless support
across the 7950 XRS family and the Service Router portfolio.

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments
around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of
networking and communications technology, products and services. The company
is home to Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost research centers,
responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and
communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology
Review's 2012 Top 50 list of the "World's Most Innovative Companies" for
breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating
costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access.
Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more
sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission -
Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced
global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local
partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion
in 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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