Belgacom Picks AlcaLu VDSL2

BERLIN -- Belgacom (Euronext Brussels: BELG), the Belgian incumbent operator, today announced that they have selected Alcatel-Lucent (Paris and NYSE: ALU) as supplier for the rollout of their fiber-to-the-node VDSL2 network. This network upgrade will enable Belgacom to offer full triple play services, including multiple IPTV channels on multiple TV sets simultaneously and High Definition Television (HDTV) to more than 60% of the Belgian households in spring 2008.

This project leverages the unsurpassed high density and bandwidth of Alcatel-Lucent's next generation VDSL2 solutions based on its industry leading ISAM (Intelligent Services Access Manager) platform. The broadband access network seamlessly integrates with the already operational IP aggregation network supplied by Alcatel-Lucent and based on its 7450 ESS and 7750 SR service router products.

Deploying VDSL2 is part of Belgacom’s Broadway infrastructure project to bring fiber down to the street cabinet level on a national scale. After successfully passing the integration phases, it has now reached the final lab testing stages in parallel with the necessary IT integration. The large-scale rollout throughout Belgium will cover more than 14,000 nodes.

While Belgacom is already today offering digital TV to 80% of Belgian households, with a large segment of the population enjoying multiple streams of standard definition television, the superior bandwidth of VDSL2 will transition Belgacom’s TV offering into the High Definition Television (HDTV) era.

Scott Alcott, Executive Vice President of Belgacom's Service Delivery Engine stated: “At the end of June 2007, we had already registered more than 190,000 IPTV users, who are being offered this service over ADSL2+ and VDSL1 technology. To further expand our customer base and introduce HDTV on a large scale, we need to bring our high-bandwidth network closer to the end-user. In our transition to the IP world, Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 solution is fundamental to further expand our Belgacom TV service and Internet applications, both in terms of services offered and customers reached.”

Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG)

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)

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