20 Operators Team With Alcatel-Lucent to Bring Fast, Lower-Cost Broadband Connectivity in Africa With a New 17,000 km Submarine System

June 8, 2010

PARIS, June 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext
Paris and NYSE: ALU) has signed a turnkey contract valued at over 500 million
US dollars
with Africa Coast to Europe (ACE), a newly formed consortium
composed of 20 operators linking Cape Town in South Africa to Penmarch in
France via a submarine cable network. This new submarine network system, with
built-in 40 Gbit/s capability, will span over 17,000 km and will deliver
super fast broadband communications to and from the African continent and

Upon expected commercial service in the first half of 2012, this network
will bring broadband optical data connectivity for the first time to the
people of Mauritania, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sao Tome and
, and Equatorial Guinea. It will also provide a higher level of
service and traffic protection in the region by featuring Alcatel-Lucent’s
technology advancements in next-generation coherent technology, including
innovations from Bell Labs, to deal with transmission impairments in a
cost-effective and automated manner.

Initiated and headed by France Telecom-Orange, the consortium is composed
of twenty parties: Baharicom Development Company, Benin Telecoms, Cable
Consortium of Liberia, Orange Cameroun, Companhia Santomense de
Telecomunicacoes, Cote d’Ivoire Telecom Expresso Telecom Group, France
Telecom, Gambia Telecommunications Company, International Mauritania Telecom,
Office Congolais des Postes et Telecommunication, Orange Guinea, Orange Mali,
Orange Niger, PT Comunicacoes, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the
Gabonese Republic, Sierra Leone Cable, Societe des Telecommunications de
Guinee and Sonatel.

With an ultimate design capacity of 5.12 Terabit/s, ACE has built-in 40
Gbit/s, providing the broadband infrastructure that will address present and
future needs for connectivity and capacity. This new super high speed data
network will cost-effectively support innovative broadband services such as
e-education and healthcare applications. These applications will also benefit
from a dedicated initiative from Baharicom in collaboration with
philanthropic organizations, to establish a broadband capacity endowment to
provide capacity grants for development programs and charitable institutions.

ACE’s costal route will link South Africa to France – via Namibia,
Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and
, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra
, Guinea, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Tenerife (Spain) and Portugal
- and will have 21 landing points along the route.

“ACE is further proof of the need for faster and more cost-effective
capacity and alternative route to provide everyone with broadband access, so
crucial to social and economic development,” said Yves Ruggeri, Chairman of
the consortium’s Management Committee. “Alcatel-Lucent combines field-proven
experience, reliability and the customer focus we need for such a crucial
project that will set a new milestone in the development of the African
communication infrastructure.”

“ACE is set to advance the African communication infrastructure with new
connectivity to expand the adoption of basic and advanced broadband services
at affordable rates,” said Philippe Dumont, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s
submarine network activity. “This new contract further confirms our
commitment to put our newest 40Gbit/s technology at the service of
information enablement to ensure that broadband access is economically spread
throughout the continent, while improving service reach and stability.”

More about the Alcatel-Lucent’s solution for ACE

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its advance submarine line terminal (1620
Light Manager) working at up to 40Gbit/s and using phase shift keying
(PSK)-based modulation formats with next-generation coherent detection to
deal with transmission impairments in a cost-effective and automated manner.
As part of the solution, Alcatel-Lucent will also supply its branching units
and will implement its 1678 Metro Core Connect in the landing points that
will be located along the route in Swakopmund (Namibia), Luanda (Angola),
Muanda (Democratic Republic of Congo), Libreville (Gabon), Bata (Equatorial
), Santana (Sao Tome), Kribi (Cameroon), Lagos (Nigeria), Cotonou
(Benin), Accra (Ghana), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Monrovia (Liberia), Freetown
(Sierra Leone), Conakry (Guinea), Banjul (The Gambia), Dakar (Senegal),
Nouakchott (Mauritania), Tenerife (Spain) and Lisbon (Portugal).

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted
transformation partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic
industries such as defence, 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 and optics 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
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