France Telecom-Orange and Alcatel-Lucent deploy world's first live 400 Gbps-per-wavelength optical link

    France Telecom-Orange and Alcatel-Lucent deploy world's first live 400
                       Gbps-per-wavelength optical link

Groundbreaking milestone for long-distance terrestrial network technology
provides link between Paris and Lyon; offers four times more bandwidth than
currently available

PR Newswire

PARIS, Feb. 6, 2013

PARIS, Feb.6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --France Telecom-Orange and Alcatel-Lucent
(Euronext and NYSE: ALU) today announced the deployment of the world's first
optical link offering a capacity of 400 Gigabits per second (Gbps) per
wavelength in a live network. Following a successful field trial, a 400 Gbps
wavelength optical link is now operational between Paris and Lyon. This link,
which was deployed within France Telecom-Orange's operational environment,
represents a groundbreaking milestone for long-distance terrestrial network

With capacity four times higher than the maximum bandwidth currently available
and using 44 wavelengths, the new optical link can transmit up to 17.6
Terabits per second (Tbps) of traffic in total.

The achievement reflects France Telecom-Orange's commitment to sustainably
raising its network performance to meet the growing need for high-capacity
bandwidth and additional flexibility needs for its mass market and business
customers. Upgrades to network infrastructure make existing uses for business
customers smoother and will encourage the emergence of new services, such as
video (video on demand, telepresence), that require high bandwidth and
seamless connectivity.

RENATER, the Public Interest Group that manages the telecommunications network
for "Technology, Teaching and Research" institutions in France and that is a
customer of Orange Business Services, will be the first to test the
functionality of this technological development in a real-life situation.

Patrick Donath, Managing Director of RENATER, explains: "As part of our
innovation programme, we plan to test this optical fiber link in real
conditions by using it to route traffic across one of our main backbone
arteries between Paris and Lyon. This link transports the bulk of France's
scientific data that passes through our network. This pilot phase also aims to
test the latest switching equipment supplied by major OEMs on a network
running at this capacity and will enable us the anticipate the architecture of
RENATER's network in the coming years. A 400 Gbps network is an important step
forward for the networks and research projects of tomorrow."

Didier Duriez, Senior Vice President International and Backbone Networks
Factory at France Telecom-Orange, explains: "This breakthrough will
considerably increase the capacity of our fibre optic network linking the two
largest economic regions in France. By deploying a 400 Gbps link, France
Telecom-Orange is continuing its investment in the development of super-fast
infrastructure to support the emergence of new uses, such as multimedia
content, social networking and the cloud, and to guarantee transmission
quality while keeping costs down."

Philippe Keryer, President of Networks & Platforms at Alcatel-Lucent said:
"France Telecom-Orange's use of our commercially available 400 Gbps optical
solution, based on our 400 Gbps Photonic Service Engine, supports the
emergence of new high bandwidth, high performance business and residential
services such as on-demand multimedia content, social networking and cloud
services. This latest achievement is a demonstration of the pace of innovation
by Alcatel-Lucent and France Telecom-Orange and a testament to the long
standing partnership forged between these two companies."

Furthermore, this innovative, energy-saving technology will help France
Telecom-Orange meet its commitment to reduce its energy consumption while also
optimising operating and network maintenance costs.

About Orange
France Telecom-Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications
operators with sales of 45.3 billion euros for 2011 and has 170,000 employees
worldwide at 30 September 2012, including 105,000 employees in France. Present
in 33 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 227 million customers
at 30 September 2012, including 169 million mobile customers and 15 million
broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the
main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under
the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing
telecommunication services to multinational companies.

With its industrial project, "conquests 2015", Orange is simultaneously
addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society
in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These
commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for
employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the
Group will build its future growth; through the Group's ambition to offer a
superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of
service; and through the acceleration of international development.

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (compartment A) and
on the New York Stock Exchange.

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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's2012 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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