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Alcatel-Lucent extends packet transport in mobile backhaul with its 1850 Transport Service Switch

October 8, 2007

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PARIS -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it hasextended its leadership in the mobile backhaul market with the introduction of the 1850Transport Service Switch (TSS) chassis switching up to 5 Gbit/s. This packet aggregation andtransport solution provides mobile networks with cost and service efficiency at the cell site forpacket and Ethernet applications, helping mobile operators dramatically reduce the cost oftransporting voice and data traffic from their wireless networks. The Alcatel-Lucent 1850 TSS-5is part of Alcatel-Lucent’s Mobile Evolution Transport Architecture (META), also announcedtoday, the industry’s most comprehensive vision for the evolution of mobile networks from TDMto all-IP.

Alcatel-Lucent 1850 TSS’ new chassis is a compact and scaleable solution purpose built to offerflexible backhaul to networks in transition from a predominantly TDM traffic mix to apredominantly packet traffic mix. Because it has a modular, hybrid architecture, operators canseamlessly support TDM based mobile traffic in the present mode of operation, migrate to circuitemulation over pseudowire technology, then to Ethernet backhaul all on the same chassis, thusminimizing their capital and operational expenditures. A key component of the Alcatel-LucentMETA architecture, its environmentally hardened design serves as a mobile access transportaggregator at the BTS/Node B cell site, minimizing backhaul costs by enabling mobile operatorsto more efficiently address the dramatic increase in high bandwidth mobile multimedia services.

“Mobility and fixed infrastructures are increasingly moving toward packet technologies.Operators need to optimize their cost structure as their revenue per bit falls with thedeployment of a host of bandwidth–hungry video and data services,” stated Jason Marcheck,Principal Analyst, Optical Infrastructure at Current Analysis. “The 1850 TSS-5 is designed to helpmeet these challenges by providing a flexible aggregation and transport solution that leveragesthe benefits of a converged IP/MPLS network to streamline backhaul networks.”

“As mobile operators are transforming their networks to accelerate the rollout of new, IP-basedbusiness and entertainment services, the optical transport network requires even higher degreesof flexibility and backhaul consolidation,“ stated Romano Valussi, President of Alcatel-Lucent’soptics activities. “The introduction of this latest variant of the Alcatel-Lucent 1850 TSS confirmsthe role that our optical solutions play in driving this transformation as mobile service providersare facing unprecedented challenges in traffic aggregation. Its integration within the METAarchitecture also confirms our ability to develop a premium, end-to-end value proposition toassist our customers in this competitive transformation.”

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)

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