SK Picks Lucent

SEOUL -- Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU - News) today announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply SK Telecom, South Korea's largest wireless service provider, with optical networking systems for building out the operator's intelligent backbone networks.

Under the terms of the contract, Lucent will deliver its next-generation optical cross connect (OXC) system, the LambdaUnite® MultiService Switch (MSS), to major central offices of SK Telecom, completing the deployment by the end of December. Lucent's Optical Management System (OMS) will provide network management and provisioning capabilities for the deployment, and Lucent Worldwide Services will provide professional technical support.

The optical solution will increase the capacity, reliability and efficiency of SK Telecom's backbone network. Additionally, the deployment will provide SKT with significant cost savings via the compact size and low power requirements of the LambdaUnite® MSS.

Bart Vogel, president of Lucent Technologies Asia Pacific speaking on this contract said, "Korea is one of the world's leading and sophisticated telecommunications markets and the fact that SK Telecom has chosen Lucent's optical cross connect system is a clear indication of their faith in our solution. Quite frankly this is a huge endorsement of our capabilities in a complex and industry leading telecommunications network."

Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU)

SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM)

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