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AlcaLu Wins GPON Deal

PARIS -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been selected by Gtd Group, one of the main service providers in Chile, to deploy the country’s first network based on fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology. Installation and deployment of the GPON network will start in the third quarter of 2008, initially serving residential broadband users in Santiago’s prestigious Santa María de Manquehue district, with other neighborhoods of Chile’s capital city following shortly after.

Alcatel-Lucent’s solution will enable Gtd Manquehue, which serves residential customers and small and medium businesses for the Gtd Group, to deliver advanced broadband services such as high-definition television (HDTV), Internet protocol television (IPTV), video on demand (VoD) and high-speed Internet. Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON architecture also will enable Gtd Manquehue to seamlessly migrate its traditional voice services to voice over IP (VoIP).

“We selected GPON technology so we can offer our customers unlimited triple play and advanced business services backed with a richer quality of experience, which we think will better serve our residential and business customers and give us a competitive advantage in this market”, said Alberto Domínguez, General Manager of Gtd Manquehue. “Alcatel-Lucent’s worldwide leadership in broadband and their experienced local services teams will help Gtd Manquehue successfully deploy this new fiber infrastructure, the first of its kind in Chile ”.

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)

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