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Lucent Inks Deals With Verizon, KPN

Lucent supports Verizon Wireless's launch of 3G services in Washington; KPN Mobile picks Lucent to support 3G UMTS network

September 30, 2003

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WASHINGTON -- Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's largest and most reliable wireless network, and Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) today announced the commercial launch of a third-generation (3G) mobile data network in the Washington, D.C. area. Customers can now experience a high-speed, wide-area, secure wireless data network — BroadbandAccess — based on CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO technology. The Lucent-supplied network will provide customers with data services at speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second with an upper limit of two Megabits per second (Mbps) — comparable to the fastest wireline connections.

"We congratulate Verizon Wireless on the commercial launch of this service, which demonstrates their strong commitment to bringing leading-edge data solutions to their customers," said Lisa De Laurentis, vice president of sales at Lucent Technologies. "The BroadbandAccess network provides enterprise customers with the best of both worlds — fast, reliable, high-quality, and secure mobile data access coupled with the convenience of mobility. We expect the service to be very well-received based on feedback from our market trial."

"Verizon Wireless is committed to meeting the ever changing and increasingly mobile needs of enterprise customers," said Bill Stone, vice president of marketing, Verizon Wireless. "With BroadbandAccess, and through the support of technology partners like Lucent, we are able to surpass expectations and bring speed, security, and flexibility to our data customers wherever they travel."

With virtual private network (VPN) connections, business customers can access the BroadbandAccess high-speed data network as an extension of their corporate local area network (LAN) or intranet, allowing them to work from any location as if they were in the office, with the same speed, security, authentication and data protection.

In November 2002, Verizon Wireless and Lucent completed a successful trial of 1xEV-DO technology with more than 200 enterprise customers and consumers in the Washington D.C. area, which paved the way for the commercial launch of the BroadbandAccess network. The positive feedback from businesses and government agencies participating in the market trial revealed that there is a significant demand for high-quality, high-speed mobile data services.

Nearly 80 percent of all participants said 1xEV-DO technology increased efficiency, productivity and accessibility. In addition, two-thirds of enterprise users considered the Verizon Wireless service superior to other high-speed data technologies they had used.

Verizon Wireless customers can utilize the BroadbandAccess network by equipping their laptop PCs with the Verizon Wireless PC 5220 wireless modem card. In the future, Verizon Wireless plans to offer additional BroadbandAccess cards, modem solutions for the office, and a wide range of the latest handheld mobile devices.

To help prepare for the launch of the BroadbandAccess network, Lucent expanded the footprint of the initial trial network by deploying new Flexent® Modular Cell 4.0 base stations and upgrading existing Flexent® CDMA base stations with channel cards and software. Lucent also provided its Flexent® Mobility Server to provide an open Internet Protocol interface to the data network. Lucent Worldwide Services provided installation and integration services.

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HILVERSUM, The Netherlands -- Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU) today announced that it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract with KPN Mobile The Netherlands ("KPN Mobile") to supply asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) infrastructure and software to support the operator's 3G UMTS network. Lucent will deliver equipment and services for a core ATM backbone network that will enable KPN Mobile to efficiently manage large increases in network traffic as customers subscribe to new 3G UMTS (universal mobile transport service) services.

"Lucent is the ideal partner to support us in this project as we evolve our network infrastructure to support new voice and data services," said Eric Kuisch, programme director UMTS for KPN Mobile The Netherlands. "We are working with Lucent to achieve a quick, flawless delivery of this project, and we are confident of the quality both of the technology Lucent is providing as well as the support, technological expertise and experience of the Lucent team."

Lucent will be providing equipment to build KPN Mobile's Universal Mobile Transport Network (UMTN), its core ATM aggregation network for 3G UMTS. Lucent will deploy its GX 550® Multiservice WAN Switch at six locations across the Netherlands to develop a high-speed backbone network that is able to support ATM, Frame Relay and Internet Protocol (IP), and will provide a reliable network infrastructure that is easily scalable to adapt to future growth in network traffic.

"We are delighted to be working with KPN Mobile on this project. As KPN Mobile executes its plans for UMTS development, Lucent will design and build a secure ATM core network for the real time execution and management of bandwidth to support traffic from new voice and data services," said David Poticny, president of Lucent Technologies Europe. "Lucent will work with KPN Mobile to quickly and efficiently deliver these new capabilities, leveraging our extensive experience and state of the art solutions."

KPN Mobile will manage the ATM network with the Lucent NavisCore™ Element Management System and NavisXtend™ Fault Server to provide centralised end-to-end provisioning and network management including network configuration, fault handling and performance monitoring.

NavisCore™ and NavisXtend™ software are part of the Navis® iOperations software portfolio, Lucent's open, standards-based portfolio of Network and Element Management Systems. The Navis® iOperations portfolio is deployed worldwide, supporting provisioning, surveillance and performance management of advanced services across multi-vendor, multi-technology networks.

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