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Alcatel-Lucent optical and IP technologies selected by Wind for transformation of national fixed and wireless network in Italy

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent optical and IP technologies selected by Wind for transformation of national fixed and wireless network in Italy

04:00 EDT Thursday, June 27, 2013

Transformation to open up networks for the growing demand for broadband services and lay foundation for advanced business and residential services

VIMERCATE, Italy, ROME and PARIS, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Italian operator Wind Telecomunicazioni confirms Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to extend and transform Wind's nationwide fibre-optic transport and IP communication networks.

Alcatel-Lucent is providing a network transformation solution that includes long-haul optical transport, mobile backhaul, metro area network (MAN) and IP service edge technology to expand and update Wind's existing network, as well as introduce advanced services to customers.

The network expansion and upgrade will help Wind to meet the growing demand for ultra-fast broadband services as smartphones and other broadband mobile devices continue to be adopted while offering advanced services to the operator's business and residential customers.

Key Facts:

  • Alcatel-Lucent's 100 gigabit per second (100G) fiber optic technology features the 1830 Photonic Service Switch with the 400G Photonic Service Engine for the converged long-haul transport of both fixed and mobile traffic, helping address the booming demand for high-bandwidth data services such as high-definition video streaming, next-generation mobile broadband applications and cloud services.
  • Application of the Alcatel-Lucent 1850 Transport Service Switch to extend Wind's mobile backhaul infrastructure in support of mobile broadband services.
  • Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router for aggregating traffic in the metro areas and as the IP service edge for delivering advanced, high-speed residential services and business services, such as VPN over IP and Internet access.

Quotes:

Nicola Grassi, CTO at Wind Telecomunicazioni, said: "This agreement confirms our commitment to deliver services with high efficiency and functionality to our customers, by  developing the telecommunication infrastructure in Italy. The continuous evolution of our transport network is of paramount importance to our strategy, which aims to provide an effective and intelligent answer to the new phase of communications, already characterized by a real data explosion, particularly in mobility, with the objective of keeping on offering the best value/price ratio, that is what distinguishes our positioning."

Nicolas Bouverot, Vimpelcom Global Account Director, said: "Within the Vimpelcom Group, Wind is well recognized due to its market success and because it fosters innovative technology to stay ahead of customer demand. Embracing Alcatel-Lucent's 100G, transport and IP/MPLS technology to cope with mobile broadband services evolution is a prime example of the operator's deep understanding of this market"

Gianluca Baini, CEO Alcatel-Lucent Italia, said: "Alcatel-Lucent and Wind have a longstanding relationship in the highly competitive European telecoms market. The choice of our overall solution highlights the confidence Wind has in our ability to design and deploy a network in preparation for its next step in network transformation."

ABOUT WIND TELECOMUNICAZIONI SPA

Wind is one of the few European Tlc operators which offers integrated services for mobile, fixed and Internet telephony. In Italy, it is the third mobile operator with over 22 million subscribers as of March 31, 2013 and the major alternative operator in the fixed telephony market, with about 3 million subscribers.

For more information, please visit: www.windgroup.it

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 innovations are regularly recognized by international institutions for their positive impact on society. In 2012 and for the second year running, Alcatel-Lucent was named one of the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators, recognition for the company's continued addition to its world-class patent portfolio, one of the largest in the telecom industry. Alcatel-Lucent has also been recognized for its sustainability performance. In 2012 the company was ranked Technology Supersector Leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Through its innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission of Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations throughout the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2012 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow the Company on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent.

SOURCE Alcatel-Lucent

For further information: Alcatel-Lucent Press Contacts, Simon Poulter, simon.poulter@alcatel-lucent.com, T : +33 (0)1 40 76 50 84, or Cristiana Polloni, cristiana.polloni@alcatel-lucent.com, T : +39 039 686 7312; Alcatel-lucent Investor Relations, Frank Maccary, frank.maccary@alcatel-lucent.com, T : + 33 (0)1 40 76 12 11, or Tom Bevilacqua, thomas.bevilacqua@alcatel-lucent.com, T : + 1 908-582-7998, or Coralie Spaeter, coralie.spaeter@alcatel-lucent.com, T : +33 (0)1 40 76 49 08; or Wind Press Contact, Marcella Voza, marcella.voza@mail.wind.it, T : +39 06 8311 3700

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