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Lucent, Simpler Partner

PARIS -- Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) and Simpler Networks, a telecommunications equipment and software manufacturer, today announced a joint development agreement under which the two companies are developing a new automated cross connect platform to enable service providers to dramatically reduce the cost of initiating new services to their subscribers at the "last mile."

The Lucent Automated Cross Connect (AXC) enables service providers to establish high-bandwidth services over copper and optical fiber access networks without having to send field technicians to remote terminals or street cabinets, a time-consuming process which represents a significant portion of a service provider´s operating expenses. The Lucent AXC also dramatically reduces the time to market for initiation of end-user services - which typically takes hours or even days - to just a few minutes.

The joint development agreement covers collaboration on the enhancement of Simpler Networks´ central office AMDF technology for remote applications, provides for exclusivity for key customer sets and involves an undisclosed investment in Simpler Networks by Lucent. The agreement builds on a reseller relationship established earlier this year under which Lucent is offering Simpler Networks´ central office EZ-MDF™ automated main distribution frame (AMDF) hardware and software along with its own end-to-end suite of integration and professional services to help service providers install and integrate the AMDF products in their networks.

"The Lucent Automated Cross Connect will help service providers dramatically reduce the cost of initiating new services -- such as IPTV -- for their subscribers," said Rob Piconi, vice president and general manager, Broadband Solutions, Lucent Technologies. "Because it will reduce the time it takes to turn up service, the Lucent AXC can also help operators improve customer satisfaction, attract new subscribers and accelerate new service rollouts."

Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU)

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