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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Telecom New Zealand today introduced a range of new wireless broadband services with the launch of itsXT Mobile Network, deployed with the support of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)which managed the design, supply and implementation of the network. Telecom’s third generation (3G) W-CDMA network will deliver greater speeds and coverage, as well as the best roaming service offered in the local market. It will also enable Telecom to seamlessly meet the evolving needs of its customers.

Telecom New Zealand CEO, Paul Reynolds, said: “New Zealanders are demanding fast, ubiquitous and future-ready mobile technology at their fingertips. Alcatel-Lucent has played a central role in helping Telecom to deliver this vision. Their ability to integrate across all our platforms made them the logical choice to construct our W-CDMA network.”

“New Zealanders will now have access to one of the best mobile networks in the world,” said Philippe Keryer,President ofAlcatel-Lucent’s Carrier activities. “The expertise we’ve gained with the implementation of major mobile projects in more than 35 countries has underpinned the build out of Telecom’s XT Mobile Network, and of a truly-world class ICT platform.”

Alcatel-Lucent New Zealand Chief Executive, Steve Lowe, said: “The XT Mobile Network will play a pivotal role in unlocking the promise of mobile broadband in New Zealand. It will enable businesses to be more productive and consumers to explore the full functionality of their handset, almost anywhere around the country.

Alcatel-Lucent dedicated significant people resources to this project, drawing on technical expertise from both New Zealand and around the world to ensure a successful launch. The launch of the XT network is the latest milestone in a successful partnership between Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent.

Telecom New Zealand Ltd. (NYSE: NZT; New Zealand: TEL)

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)

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