Bharti Airtel chooses Alcatel Lucent to create a CEN (Carrier grade Ethernet) based IP access network to offer best in class mobile broadband speed to its customers

Will boost the network and service performance while keeping pace with customers’ growing appetite for data and bandwidth extensive applications

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa has selected Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to create CEN based IP – access network- thereby enabling the operator to deliver faster mobile broadband speeds to its customers. This IP network will allow Bharti Airtel to meet the surging bandwidth requirements of customers while accessing data, video and Internet services on an array of devices, such as smart-phones, tablets and laptops.

Jagbir Singh, Director – Network Services Group, Bharti Airtel said, “Given the exponential growth in the uptake of data in India, we thought it is the right time for us to transition to a scalable IP-based access network for reasons of both cost and performance. With this we will usher in the next level of user experience that brings alive high-bandwidth applications such as high-speed Internet, interactive TV, mobile video blogging and many more. Alcatel Lucent’s IP/MPLS solutions currently operating on our network have been able to manage our data delivery requirements and we are convinced on the scalability aspect of the proposed solution.” (more…)

New study indicates access to mobile communications can improve prosperity in the developing world

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs study, done in conjunction with the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council, shows an increase in mobile access in developing economies can incrementally accelerate economic impact by 36 percent measured in GDP

Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) research arm today released a white paper developed with support of the World Economic Forum’s Telecommunications Industry Global Agenda Council entitled “Putting Broadband in the Palms of People’s Hands: A Model to Drive Faster Economic and Social Growth.”  The paper describes the impact of widespread access to mobile communications on economic and social growth in developing economies.

To create the paper, teams of experts from Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and the World Economic Forum’s Telecommunications Industry Global Agenda Council conducted in-depth studies of the mobile landscape in emerging markets, in particular Bangladesh, Kenya and Venezuela.  To obtain a copy of the white paper please visit  http://www2.alcatel-lucent.com/wef/files/Alcatel-Lucent_Putting_Broadband_in_the_palm_of_peoples_hands.pdf (more…)

BT And Alcatel-Lucent Sign Agreement to Enhance 21CN Bandwidth Capacity

Increased bandwidth and flexibility to support video-rich content and applications growth

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it has signed a major five-year agreement with BT for an evolution of its 21st Century Network (21CN), the foundation of BT’s IP transformation to enhance customer experience and accelerate time-to-market for next generation services.

Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage NetworkTM (HLN) architecture and transformational services, this project will further evolve BT’s infrastructure, enabling the company to expedite network convergence, increase capacity and deliver content cost effectively as it prepares to introduce new video-rich services to an expanded base of wholesale and retail subscribers. (more…)

Alcatel-Lucent Names Vivek Mohan As President of Its Services Business

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the appointment of Vivek Mohan as President of its Services business, effective April 2, 2010. He will be a member of the company’s management committee and replaces Andy Williams who has left the company for another opportunity. Vivek will be based in India.
Vivek is currently Head of Alcatel-Lucent’s business in India. Vivek brings over 25 years of experience in managing businesses across a wide range of sectors and markets.

“I want to thank Andy for the excellent work he has done in growing our services business faster than the market, delivering a healthy operating profit, and positioning Alcatel-Lucent as the transformation partner for key customers throughout the world,” said Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent. “Vivek is the perfect executive to accelerate this business’ growth – bringing hands on experience in overseeing a world class team that has performed managed services and network maintenance for some of India’s leading service providers.” (more…)

Alcatel-Lucent And Sequans Collaborate On LTE Solutions

Collaboration Will Extend TD-LTE Ecosystem to 2.6 GHz Spectrum for Operators in Asia and Europe

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Sequans today announced their collaboration on LTE solutions for operators of TD-LTE networks in Asia and Europe who are planning to offer services at 2.6 GHz. The first result of this collaboration in response to this significant demand will be a Sequans 2.6 GHz USB dongle to be used in operator trials in 2010.

“Through this partnership, we are exhibiting our commitment to creating a vibrant LTE ecosystem and to supporting operator goals of demonstrating the value of TD-LTE in delivering advanced services to end users,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Alcatel-Lucent is an LTE technology leader, already actively involved in some of the most significant LTE deployment projects announced to date and we are pleased to work with them.”

Alcatel-Lucent was previously selected by China Mobile to deploy China Mobile’s demonstration network at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, beginning in May, using Sequans TD-LTE chips and USB dongles at 2.3 GHz.

“We are committed to working closely with operators in Asia and Europe to support their LTE strategies,” said Doug Wolff, Alcatel-Lucent 4G/LTE Solutions VP. “Our collaboration with Sequans, a truly innovative and accomplished 4G semiconductor supplier, will yield valuable TD-LTE solutions.”

About Alcatel-Lucent and LTE

With 40 LTE customer trials secured to date, Alcatel-Lucent is a worldwide leader in LTE. The company is actively engaged in the majority of LTE projects being pursued by tier 1 operators around the globe.

To help operators realize their potential, Alcatel-Lucent is offering a unique, pre-integrated, end-to-end LTE solution and a full set of associated professional services. Alcatel-Lucent’s network architecture is based on Alcatel-Lucent unique converged radio access network (RAN) strategy allowing scaling of W-CDMA networks and smooth evolution to LTE. The company also founded the ng Connect Program, a global initiative to drive the development of an open and diverse ecosystem of LTE device manufacturers, content providers and application partners. Through the ng Connect program and with Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE solution, wireless broadband operators benefit from open innovation, pre-integrated solutions, reduce time to market with LTE-enabled services, and the ability to drive new and non-traditional business models.

For more information about Alcatel-Lucent¹s end-to-end LTE solution, please visit: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lte

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted transformation partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries such as defense, energy, healthcare, transportation, and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 15.2 billion in 2009 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

About Sequans Communications

Sequans Communications is a 4G chipmaker, supplying LTE and WiMAX chips to equipment manufacturers and mobile operators worldwide. Founded in 2004 to address the WiMAX market where it is now a global leader, Sequans has recently expanded to address the LTE market. Sequans chips are inside the world’s leading WiMAX networks and will soon be inside the world’s leading LTE networks. Sequans is based in Paris, with additional offices throughout the world, including USA, United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. www.sequans.com

Alcatel-Lucent Introduces New Ip Routers To Extend Advanced Mobile, Business and Residential Services to Smaller Markets

New smaller scale platforms allow service providers to extend advantages of Service Routing to furthest reaches of IP network edge at a more economical price point

Mumbai, October 29, 2009 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the introduction of two new IP routers designed to give service providers an economically viable alternative for offering smaller communities the same advanced mobile, residential and business services currently delivered in larger metropolitan areas. The new products, which will expand the addressable market of Alcatel-Lucent’s industry-leading Service Router portfolio, will extend the benefits of service routing further out into the network and also enable mission-critical verticals such as utilities, transportation, healthcare, public safety, and financial institutions to confidently transform their networks to all-IP with a solution scaled to their needs.

Alcatel-Lucent is extending its 7750 Service Router (SR) family with the introduction of two new routers, the 7750 SR-c12 and 7750 SR-c4. Both products are fully featured multiservice routers offering the same rich suite of applications for which the Service Router is known, but in a smaller form-factor. The products are scaled to meet the requirements of smaller ‘points of presence’ in large service provider networks, and to address IP/MPLS network requirements for smaller-scale service providers and mission critical verticals. The Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR-c12 and 7750 SR-c4 are powered by the FP2 chipset, Alcatel-Lucent’s break through silicon which delivers sophisticated and optimized network processing and traffic management at speeds up to 100Gb/s. Both also run under the same operating system as the entire Service Router family for seamless interworking, consistent service delivery and simplified operations.

“With these additions, Alcatel-Lucent is effectively extending a proven, feature-rich platform to address new market opportunities where they need the capacity and capability, but at more cost-effective price points,” said Glen Hunt, principal analyst, Carrier Infrastructure, Current Analysis. “The elegant integration with the existing portfolio – especially with a single operating system from end-to-end – makes it attractive to operators who are looking to deliver full featured, high performance services from their smaller or more remote points of presence in order to drive new revenues. This is the next logical evolution of the portfolio, and these platforms are powerful additions to the 7750 SR family.”

As the newest members of the Service Router family, the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR-c12 and 7750 SR-c4 become key components of Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage Network™ architecture – a fully converged, scalable, next-generation, all-IP multiservice infrastructure that enables operators to deliver traffic more reliably, efficiently and at the lowest cost, while also leveraging the network to generate revenue from sophisticated managed services and applications.

“Alcatel-Lucent continues to build out and strengthen its IP portfolio with innovations such as the recently introduced 100GE interface, targeted at massive bandwidth requirements, and now with our new high performance platforms dimensioned for smaller points of presence,” said Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP activities. “Not only do the new Service Routers deliver outstanding flexibility in their ability to deliver a full range of Ethernet port speeds from 10Mb/s to 10Gb/s, but they’re also well suited to programs designed to extend broadband connectivity, which is a driver for economic development in all regions.”

The new Alcatel-Lucent Service Routers deliver up to 90 Gb/s of forwarding capacity and can support edge routing interfaces speeds of up to 10GigE with sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS), a highly scalable control plane, and native IPv6 support in hardware. They offer proven high availability features including non-stop routing, non-stop services, Multi-Chassis-LAG, Multi-link PPP and pseudowire redundancy, and support a wide range of both legacy and Ethernet interface types. Both platforms also run under the Alcatel-Lucent Service Router Operating System (SROS), a single, feature rich operating system which runs across all service router platforms, and the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) providing integrated element, network, and service management to enable seamless operations, administration and management (OAM) and simplified, consistent services delivery. For more information, click here

Over 280 service providers in more than 100 countries around the world have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS portfolio as key elements of their IP transformation. According to Ovum, Alcatel-Lucent holds the #2 position in the IP/MPLS Edge market segment.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Alcatel-Lucent Launches Ip Transformation Center In India

First of its kind competency centre in Chennai to serve as innovation test bed

for both Indian and global customers

Mumbai, September 8th, 2009 – Alcatel-Lucent (Paris: Euronext and NYSE: ALU) today announced the launch of a new, state-of-the-art IP Transformation Center (IPTC) in Chennai, India. First center of its kind in the sub-continent, the IPTC will develop, integrate and test end-to-end IP networking solutions for Alcatel-Lucent’s Indian and global customers as they migrate to next generation architectures.

Alcatel-Lucent’s India IPTC enables service providers to design, test and integrate their solutions in a risk-free environment, as if it were their own network. It helps them shorten the IP transformation trajectory and their time to market while allowing them to keep costs under control and focus on serving their customers. The IPTC at Chennai hosts about 50 technologies.

The IPTC is networked with Alcatel-Lucent’s existing IPTCs and network integration centers located in Antwerp, Belgium; Singapore; Murray Hill, Naperville and Plano in the USA, as well as with multiple R&D labs world-wide, including India. These centers, which share knowledge, resources and best practices, help service providers execute their IP Transformation projects.

Vivek Mohan, managing director, Alcatel-Lucent India said: “To survive in a hyper-competitive environment, service providers need to rapidly introduce new services, reduce operational costs, and enhance the customer experience.  Alcatel-Lucent’s IPTC will help service providers achieve these goals and shorten their IP transformation process while mitigating potential risks in areas such as network design, end-to-end integration, process reengineering and customer migration.” This new facility will firmly establish Alcatel-Lucent in India as the leading network integrator locally and globally.”

Alcatel-Lucent, a market leader in IP transformation, has strategic relationships with major service providers undergoing IP transformation giving it an unrivaled track record of over 40 projects worldwide.

In India, Alcatel-Lucent’s R&D activities rely on 2,700 engineers and scientists working on 100,000 square feet of lab space. Alcatel-Lucent has established a Bell Labs research centre in Bangalore and has major software development centers at Gurgaon, Noida, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Alcatel-Lucent has also a joint venture with CDOT (Government of India R&D Telecom organization) based in Chennai for the development of broadband wireless access solutions like WiMAX.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions that to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Alcatel-Lucent Appoints Subhash Bana As Vice President R&D For India

Mumbai, September 1st, 2009 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the appointment of Subhash Bana as Vice President R&D reporting to Vivek Mohan, managing director Alcatel-Lucent India.


In his new role, Subhash will be responsible for driving excellence in engineering performance across the carrier and applications software activities, including best-in-class R&D service delivery, quality and innovation enhancing support to the Indian customers. He will also liaise with the business divisions to develop and execute products & solutions for emerging markets.

“I’m confident that under Subhash’s drive, R&D will play a key role in consolidating Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership position in India. His research experience and knowledge of the industry will be a significant asset to the company” said Vivek Mohan, managing director of Alcatel-Lucent India.

Subhash comes with over 24 years of experience in the defense, telecom, media & entertainment markets.  Prior to his appointment, he was vice president of Thomson’s operations in India & Sri Lanka.

Before joining Thomson in 2007, Subhash had worked with Alcatel-Lucent in various capacities for 14 years. His last assignment with Alcatel-Lucent was as managing director of Alcatel Development India, where he spearheaded the growth of India R&D from a small competence center to a large world-class software R&D organization.

Subhash holds a graduate degree from National Institute of Technology, Warangal and is a Post Graduate in Management from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Alcatel-Lucent appoints Subhash Bana as Vice President R&D for India

Mumbai, September 1st, 2009 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the appointment of Subhash Bana as Vice President R&D reporting to Vivek Mohan, managing director Alcatel-Lucent India.


In his new role, Subhash will be responsible for driving excellence in engineering performance across the carrier and applications software activities, including best-in-class R&D service delivery, quality and innovation enhancing support to the Indian customers. He will also liaise with the business divisions to develop and execute products & solutions for emerging markets.

“I’m confident that under Subhash’s drive, R&D will play a key role in consolidating Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership position in India. His research experience and knowledge of the industry will be a significant asset to the company” said Vivek Mohan, managing director of Alcatel-Lucent India.

Subhash comes with over 24 years of experience in the defense, telecom, media & entertainment markets.  Prior to his appointment, he was vice president of Thomson’s operations in India & Sri Lanka.

Before joining Thomson in 2007, Subhash had worked with Alcatel-Lucent in various capacities for 14 years. His last assignment with Alcatel-Lucent was as managing director of Alcatel Development India, where he spearheaded the growth of India R&D from a small competence center to a large world-class software R&D organization.

Subhash holds a graduate degree from National Institute of Technology, Warangal and is a Post Graduate in Management from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Alcatel Lucent, Reliance Communications Managed Network Services Joint Venture Completes One Year

  • Deal SIZE crosses $ 750 Million (Rs. 3600 crore)
  • JV manages multi-vendor, multi-technology, nationwide wireless networks
  • Operations encompass 20,000 towns AND 5 lakh Indian Villages across 22 telecom circles catering TO OVER 80 Million customers

Alcatel-Lucent Managed Solutions, the first of its kind Managed Network Services joint venture company of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Reliance Communications (BSE : RCOM), one of India’s largest integrated telecommunications service provider today completes one year. This legal entity was launched in July 2008, as an innovative business model between one of the worlds largest telecom equipment manufacturer and telecom service provider to establish a cost-effective delivery hub for global services business.

“The unique combination of strengths of Alcatel Lucent and Reliance Communications has been among the key drivers for unprecedented growth and quick subscriber ramp up on the Reliance Mobile network”, said Mr. Sandip Biswas, Head of Managed Services, Reliance Communications. “With Reliance Communications holding a 33% equity stake in the Joint Venture, it also offers us significant opportunities to further create value for our many million stakeholders”, he added. Within the first year of operations the Joint Venture has demonstrated its capability to achieve operational cost savings of 20-25%. (more…)

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