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Ziggo Tries AlcaLu's lightRadio Wi-Fi

PARIS -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), and the Dutch cable operator Ziggo are conducting a trial of an innovative technique to turn private homes into public Wi-Fi hotspots in order to provide wireless broadband access to Ziggo’s customers.

Householders in the city of Groningen, in the northeast of the Netherlands, are participating in the largest European community trial of cable-based Wi-Fi hotspots. The trial is using Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio™ Wi-Fi® technology to give multiple Ziggo subscribers simultaneous access to high-quality wireless Internet – without impairing either the existing home broadband service quality or impacting the security of existing home WiFi networks.

Following the successful first phase of the trial in four districts of the city of Groningen, the service is being opened up to 18,000 homes in November, making it the largest and most dense hotspot network in the Netherlands. For Ziggo’s customers, a secure wireless broadband connection is vital to allow them to access Internet services on the move, whenever they want them and using the device most suited to them.

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