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Alcatel-Lucent’s Alternative Energy Program is Telecom Market’s First Solution for High-Volume Deployment of Wireless Base Stations Powered With Alternative Energies

February 17, 2009

BARCELONA (Mobile World Congress), February 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) today launched a comprehensive
program to enable the high-volume deployment of wireless base stations
powered by alternative energy sources to address mobile operators’ increasing
demand for energy-autonomous and green wireless networking equipment.

Alcatel-Lucent’s new “Alternative Energy Program” will help ensure that
service providers can quickly and cost-efficiently deploy wireless networks
even to areas not served by electrical power, in all range of climates and
geographies and under all deployment conditions. As part of the program the
company is establishing a unique lab and pilot site at Alcatel-Lucent’s
Villarceaux facility near Paris to foster an ecosystem of internal experts,
partner companies and institutions to bring together the alternative energies
and telecoms worlds.

“The way the industry deploys alternative energy powered base stations
today is costly and time consuming because it is based on a site-by-site
approach with multiple vendors involved – so it is a slow and laborious
process and for the most part has only been done in sunny equatorial areas,”
said Mike Iandolo, Alcatel-Lucent’s President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless
Product Division. “Our Alternative Energy Program will bring to market the
very first integrated, pre-tested, mass-produced, alternatively powered
wireless base stations, which can be deployed on a global scale with delivery
lead times comparable to that for standard base stations.”

This project will allow operators to extend the reach of their mobile
services to serve a huge population of potential new subscribers – the more
than one billion people living in areas that are not served by an electrical
grid and therefore do not have access to phone or broadband services. It also
will enable operators to renovate their existing sites with alternative
energy powered solutions that will reduce their operating costs and better
preserve the environment.

The lab and pilot site near Paris is a development and live testing
facility that will enable Alcatel-Lucent to analyze, evaluate, test and
validate solutions being offered in the dynamic and fragmented alternative
energies market and how they might be incorporated into the
telecommunications industry. This facility will enable Alcatel-Lucent’s R&D
teams to build in unprecedented levels of integration between alternative
energy sources and telecommunications equipment to improve the overall energy
efficiency of the telecom sites and lower costs for operators.

“Alcatel-Lucent is a true pioneer in the field of alternative energy for
telecoms. It has demonstrated clear vision and strategy and, more
importantly, a coherent organization and implementation path. With the
Alternative Energy Program, it will certainly play an important role in
answering the growing demand for green base stations,” commented Stuart
Carlaw
, Vice President and Chief Research Officer ABI Research.

The program capitalizes on Alcatel-Lucent’s recent energy efficiency
innovations for wireless networks, and on its field experience with
alternative energy through the installation of more than 300 solar-powered
radio sites, to provide a robust set of turnkey base stations solutions
powered with various alternative energies sources such as solar, wind, fuel
cells, etc. The company’s recent innovations in energy efficiency for base
stations include products and components such as the Twin TRX transceiver
module, multi-carrier power amplifiers, direct air cooling and dynamic power
save techniques (software-based) that are key elements of Alcatel-Lucent’s
“Alternative Energy Program”. For more information:
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The program relies on Alcatel-Lucent’s “Sustainable Power” service suite
to help customers develop a comprehensive deployment plan tailored to their
specific environment. Alcatel-Lucent provides consulting, analysis and
management of the installation, transformation and integration of the entire
network.

A key component of the Alcatel-Lucent approach is the smart integration
between the base station and the alternative energy source, and part of this
integration is supported by the energy controller equipment. Alcatel-Lucent
will be testing the power controller from Power Oasis, an innovative UK-based
provider of power solutions.

“PowerOasis is delighted that Alcatel-Lucent has selected our
next-generation, renewable energy power controller as part of their
innovative Alternative Energy pilot and lab platform in Villarceaux. As a
fundamental component in the overall solution, our controller intelligently
integrates solar energy, wind energy and batteries to provide independently
controllable, carrier-class power supplies to Alcatel-Lucent’s base stations
and backhaul with full remote monitoring and operation and maintenance center
alarming capabilities,” said Nick Smailes, PowerOasis CEO.

Smailes added that Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless equipment requires very
little energy, making the company an ideal telecommunications infrastructure
provider to demonstrate that renewable power is now technically and
economically viable as an alternative energy source for wireless
telecommunications.

Looking forward, the program will not be limited to wireless base station
but will expand the use of alternative energy sources to fixed access
equipment such as DSLAMs, IP routers and more.

Alcatel-Lucent is listed amongst the five finalists of the GSMA Green
Mobile Award competition being conducted in conjunction with the Mobile World
Congress exhibition Tradeshow and Exhibition.

About Power Oasis

PowerOasis (http://www.power-oasis.com) is a UK-based provider of
efficient power solutions for off-grid mobile base stations and those
connected to unreliable electricity grids. PowerOasis has developed a
sophisticated power controller which blends any combination of solar, wind
and diesel sources to provide independent, telco-grade power supplies for the
BTS and backhaul with full OMC alarming capabilities and remote monitoring.
With a unique combination of expertise in renewable energy and mobile
telecommunications, PowerOasis helps mobile network operators with network
power challenges including economic modelling, network power planning,
detailed site dimensioning and end-to-end project management of power
installations. In 2008 the Carbon Trust awarded PowerOasis a grant to further
its leading edge work in telecoms renewables.

About Alcatel-Lucent’s eco sustainability initiatives

As a responsible corporate citizen and leader in the telecoms industry,
Alcatel-Lucent works to enrich people’s lives-by transforming the way the
world communicates and connects, and by acting in full recognition of its
social and environmental responsibilities as a company. Alcatel-Lucent also
recognises the important role the telecommunications sector must play in the
global effort to address environmental issues such as climate change. It is
devoted to be an active community player and to involve suppliers and
business partners in its sustainability approach.

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

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