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AlcaLu Launches Cloud Platform for Virtualized IMS

PARIS -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has today launched Rapport, a software-based, open platform that gives large enterprises and service providers a new, and much more flexible way to deliver communications and collaboration services.

With Rapport, the communications network becomes a platform for innovation, enabling the creation of new ‘contextual communications’, where fundamental services such as voice, chat, video conferencing and sharing become functions available to any application, website or connected object. These services can then be accessed by application developers using open application programming interfaces (APIs) and simple software development kits (SDKs).

Rapport goes beyond simple virtualization to fully embrace the cloud with a single software platform that can be deployed on any commercial, off-the-shelf hardware, dramatically driving down the cost and complexity of deploying and managing communications services.

Rapport is based on a fully re-architected version of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) software, the foundation for the company’s award-winning Voice over LTE (VoLTE) solution. Distinct configurations have been developed to address the unique requirements of large enterprises and service providers respectively, and were designed based on years of experience addressing these challenges in live networks.

Bhaskar Gorti, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Platforms business, said: “Rapport liberates large enterprises from the communications technology silos and proprietary vendor offerings that IT departments need to contend with. It also removes the barriers for service providers to offer more engaging communications services to their customers, which can be delivered seamlessly using any device and across any network.”

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)

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