Lucent announced a contract with Vivo to expand and enhance the operator’s third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network

February 1, 2006

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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Lucent Technologies today announced a contract with VIVO, the largest mobile operator in the Southern Hemisphere, to expand and enhance the operator’s third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network. Lucent will provide additional infrastructure equipment and services and also work with its partners Riverstone Networks and Juniper Networks to deliver a core Internet Protocol (IP)/Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network that will enable VIVO to efficiently manage large increases in network traffic as VIVO expands its network to serve additional customers in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo.

“The solution presented by our partners - Lucent, Riverstone and Juniper – will provide us with the ideal features to keep the network's performance highly reliable, thus ensuring the high availability of the advanced services Vivo Play 3G delivers to our subscribers,” said Roberto Lima, VIVO’s President. “This solution will allow VIVO to more efficiently and cost-effectively deliver mobile broadband services – such as high-speed downloads of videos, pictures, music and 3-D games – as well as corporate services such as e-mail and Internet access, and remote monitoring functionalities through video-streaming and location–based services.”

As part of the agreement, Lucent is upgrading more of VIVO's existing Lucent-supplied base stations to support CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and also providing new Modular Cell 4.0 and 4.0B base stations. Lucent Worldwide Services is providing network integration and installation services.

Riverstone Networks is providing the Ethernet infrastructure, supporting the “backhauling” of data traffic from VIVO’s 3G base stations to expand the delivery of IP/Ethernet services over metropolitan access networks, Riverstone’s RS routers combine the efficiency of Ethernet with the reliability, scalability and QoS of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) to deliver high-performance Ethernet routing capabilities, resource optimization and easy migration from legacy networks.

Juniper Networks is supplying M-series multiservice routing platforms, which will aggregate traffic from multiple base stations. Juniper Networks M-series deliver a comprehensive portfolio of advanced features that combine best-in-class IP/MPLS capabilities with unmatched reliability, performance and scalability, and are designed to support demanding IP-based applications such as VoIP, video delivery and other critical services.

“This new contract highlights VIVO’s groundbreaking role in the Brazilian market as a leader in the introduction of unique applications that meet its subscribers’ demands for more and more advanced mobile services,” said Wagner Ferreira, Lucent Technologies Brazil, President. “This agreement also consolidates Lucent’s leadership on providing CDMA-based services and platforms, as well as their evolution in the Brazilian market,” he added.

Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU)

Vivo Participacoes SA

Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR)

Riverstone Networks Inc. (OTC: RSTN.PK)

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