ng Connect Program Expands LTE Mobile Broadband Ecosystem With Five New Members; Establishes Two New Labs and Demonstration Centers

October 7, 2009

KANATA, Ontario, October 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

– Creative Labs, Inc., Gemalto, Kabillion, R360 and V-Gate Join the
Multi-Industry Initiative; Next Generation Service Demonstrations Now
Available in Paris and Villaceaux Labs for European Operators

Today, the ng Connect Program (http://www.ngconnect.org/) announced that
five new members – Creative Labs, Inc., Gemalto, Kabillion, R360 and V-Gate -
have joined its diverse ecosystem of infrastructure, device, content and
applications companies working to enhance the next generation broadband end
user experience. The program is also launching today two new next generation
service Proofs of Concept (PoC) for secure access to mobile networks and
interactive digital signage. ng Connect PoCs are now available in two new
labs in the Paris area for demonstration to European operators. Today’s
announcement brings total membership in the program to 26 and completed PoCs
to eight in less than a year after its launch.

The ng Connect Program, founded by Alcatel-Lucent
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to develop innovative application and solution PoCs to drive adoption of next
generation broadband networks as they become commercially available. The PoCs
illustrate the user benefits provided by next generation networks to a wide
range of industries including consumer media and entertainment, enterprise
collaboration and e-Healthcare, automotive connectivity, digital signage and
network-based computing. ng Connect Program members are collaborating on the
development of these sample services which illustrate the performance
benefits of 4G and LTE networks as service providers and network operators
begin to deploy their next generation networks.

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The new members include:

Creative Labs, Inc. (http://us.creative.com/) – a worldwide leader in
digital entertainment products. Famous for its Sound Blaster(R) sound cards
and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital
entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN
MP3 and portable media players. Creative’s innovative hardware, proprietary
technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling
consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment-anytime, anywhere.

Gemalto (http://www.gemalto.com/) – the world leader in digital security
(http://www.gemalto.com/companyinfo/digital_security.html). The company
delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile
connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and
transportation services, e-government and national security. Gemalto supplies
governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises with a wide range of
secure personal devices, such as Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM),
Universal Identity Circuit Cards (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking
cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for
online identity protection. Gemalto also provides software, systems and
services to help its customers achieve their goals.


(http://www.ngconnect.org/news/new-release-10-04-07e.htm) – an Emmy
Award-winning multi-platform kids’ entertainment program service available
both as a free Video-on-Demand (VOD) channel and a free online broadband site
(http://www.Kabillion.com). Initially launched on Comcast Cable’s Select On
Demand across the U.S., the VOD platform is now also available to digital
cable subscribers nationwide on Charter and Bresnan cable systems, with more
to be added soon. Kabillion offers high-quality animated and live-action
kids’ series entertainment on both platforms.

R360 (http://www.ngconnect.org/news/new-release-10-04-07a.htm) – at the
edge of tomorrow’s Enterprise 2.0 today, the company is developing and
rolling out the R360 mobile handheld software that features all the
capabilities of the R360 online productivity tool for businesses and groups
and is powered by the coRe(TM) computing platform. This cloud computing
approach offers mobile and PC-based access to secure and private business
productivity suites on higher end phones and mobile devices. R360
(http://www.ngconnect.org/news/new-release-10-04-07a.htm) offers a new
concept in affordable SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions for business
enterprises and telecom service providers seeking to offer the latest in
mobile technology and monetize existing subscribers.


(http://www.ngconnect.org/news/new-release-10-04-07b.htm) – a new
division of Scientific Computers GmbH (http://www.v-gate.de/) offers two key
products: metaport, a new procedure for transmitting 3D content in real time
to mobile devices, and caribo, a mobile location-based service that allows
users to find a rideshare or another mode of transportation via their mobile
handsets. Scientific Computers addresses the IT needs of the automotive,
medical technologies, transportation and telecommunications industries.

Expanding Laboratories Around the World

To ignite collaboration between the various members, ng Connect – through
founding member Alcatel-Lucent – now offers access to R&D and
proof-of-concept demonstration facilities in six locations around the world,
including: Ottawa, Canada; Dallas, TX; Murray Hill, NJ; Stuttgart, Germany,
and now Paris and Villaceaux, France. ng Connect members work hand in hand to
develop and test applications and solutions and collaborate on joint
demonstrations over real LTE networks in the labs. Since February 2009, these
collaborations have created eight compelling demonstrations that showcase
future applications over next generation networks for the education,
healthcare, advertising, digital signage and entertainment industries.
Service providers and network operators interested in better understanding
how to deploy cutting-edge rich services to attract and retain customers can
now see these prototypes in action in labs and development centers worldwide.

    Today's new ng Connect Program PoCs include:

    - Advanced approach to secure and cost-effective mobile access to
      corporate and cloud applications for telcos through hardware-based
      authentication and single sign-on with Gemalto
    - The first "HumanKiosk(TM)" prototype
      (http://www.ngconnect.org/news/new-release-10-04-07c.htm) - a digital
      signage solution developed by MediaTile in collaboration with
      Alcatel-Lucent, which integrates 4GVideoPresence(TM) technology to
      support real time, interactive video sessions between consumers
      in-store with product questions and the brand representative.
      Visit http://www.mediatile.com for more information.

To find more information about all of the ng Connect Program’s PoCs and
commercialization opportunities, please visit

“Since launching six months ago, we have been very pleased with the high
level of support we have received from our membership and the progress we
have made in building this ecosystem for next generation network services.
They say it takes a village to raise a child and similarly it takes an
ecosystem to successfully launch the adoption of broadband networks like
LTE,” said Derek Kuhn, Vice President of Emerging Technology and Media at
Alcatel-Lucent. “We’re excited about the next six months as the first next
generation broadband networks are rolled out. Our members will be there with
the latest applications, devices and content for people to take full
advantage of the fastest speeds and features of these new networks.”

“Creative is very pleased to join the ng Connect Program because the
mission of this initiative compliments our commitment to product innovation,
which offers consumers a complete, high quality mobile video conferencing
experience via Creative inPerson, that will drive the adoption of next
generation broadband networks,” stated Jeff Stoen, Vice President and General
Manager of inPerson Conferencing at Creative Labs, Inc.

“The ng Connect Program and its members share Gemalto’s vision which is
to give customers the freedom to access innovative services anytime, anywhere
across all devices and networks. We see LTE and the Universal Identity
Circuit Card, the UICC, as the keys to unlock a more open mobile
telecommunications world. Our vision is for operators to customize devices
with the UICC and expand their security to promote a secure platform for any
kind of mobile application,” said Michel Canitrot, Senior Vice President, LTE
& Advanced Telecom Offers at Gemalto. “We see a future where consumers select
operators for their services, devices for their features, and use the UICC to
receive the highest quality secure services and applications.”

About the ng Connect Program

The ng Connect Program is a multi-industry organization committed to the
development and rapid deployment of the next generation of broadband services
based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) and other ultra high bandwidth
technologies. Founded in 2009, the ng Connect Program is supported by leading
network, consumer electronics, application and content providers including
4DK, Alcatel-Lucent, Atlantic Records, BUZZMEDIA, chumby, Connect2Media,
Creative Technology Ltd., dimedis, FISHLABS, GameStreamer, Inc., Gemalto, HP,
Intamac Systems Ltd., Kabillion, Kyocera Communications Inc., LearningMate,
MediaTile, QNX, R360, RebelVox LLC., Samsung, SIGNEXX, Total Immersion,
TuneWiki, V-Gate and Words & Numbers. For more information on the ng Connect
Program, please visit: http://www.ngconnect.org.

SOURCE Compagnie Financiere Alcatel Lucent

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