KPN Selects Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs as Strategic Adviser for Ongoing Network and Business Transformation

February 16, 2010

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today
announced that leading European service provider KPN has selected Bell Labs to advise on a network and business transformation program. This engagement,
part of an ongoing relationship with Alcatel-Lucent around transformational
services, will support KPN to meet the complex challenges of managing
explosive growth in traffic on its networks.

Bell Labs will work with KPN to further develop strategic technology
roadmaps that provide a systematic approach to network transformation. It
will also generate comprehensive business scenarios that take into account
dozens of business and technology parameters, and utilize Bell Labs-developed
decision-support methods and tools to enable KPN to run business case and
network optimization scenarios on a real-time and as needed basis.

“Our customers, both consumers and business, are using fixed and mobile
networks and broadband services in completely new ways and we are
transforming our networks and services accordingly,” said Joost Farwerck,
executive vice president of KPN Wholesale & Operations. “We consider Bell
as a strategic adviser not only because of their ability to provide
state-of-the-art network advisory and modelling services, but because they
offer insights into the business implications and address issues that are top
of mind in the boardroom.”

“The insights we are gaining from this partnership enable us to craft an
effective strategy in an increasingly dynamic operating environment,”
Farwerck continued.

This is the latest in a series of transformation-related engagements that
KPN has with Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent. Other engagements encompass
activities as diverse as assessments of network reliability and security,
analysis of end-to-end readiness for new technology deployments, second
opinions on complex network transformations, recommendations on network
architecture evolution, migrations of operational processes and systems, and
analysis of potential new business models.

“KPN and a growing number of service providers around the world are
increasingly viewing the use of such close partnering on strategic issues as
an imperative that can enable them to navigate a dizzying array of business
and technology choices and timing options,” said Adolfo Hernandez, president
of Alcatel-Lucent in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. “What makes

Bell Labs particularly effective is its ability to customize methods,
analytics and models to accommodate a specific operator’s unique operating
conditions, hone in on key metrics such as total cost of ownership across all
scenarios, and perform rapid iterations that reveal the most crucial
parameters. Engagements like this are a key element of our transformation
strategy as we partner with our customers to help them maintain profitability
despite severe financial constraints and tremendous increases in traffic on
their networks.”

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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
in 2009 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located
in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:

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