Alcatel-Lucent Leads in Femto/small Cells, Securing Twelve New Contracts in Three Months

October 19, 2010

4G WORLD CHICAGO and PARIS, October 19, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that the
company has secured its 12th Femto contract in only three months — another
proof point of Alcatel-Lucent’s progress and strength in the worldwide small
cells market. Alcatel-Lucent is clearly establishing itself as the leading
end-to-end Femto/small cells vendor, currently holding more than 20 on-going
trials (with Etisalat (
&lu_lang_code=en) in the United Arab Emirates, for instance) and 14
commercial deployment agreements. Commercial contracts include the selection
of Alcatel-Lucent by Vodafone Group as its preferred vendor for the
deployment of a nationwide Femtocell service in the UK, implementation of
which has already started.

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Alcatel-Lucent’s Small Cell solution features numerous Bell Labs innovations around self-organizing networks (SON) which significantly reduce
operational expenses while improving network performance. Not only does SON
empower Alcatel-Lucent’s Small Cell portfolio to automatically configure at
power up, it also enables the small cells to periodically monitor, update and
optimize their neighbor relation lists and handover parameters – thus
reducing handover failures by up to 80%. Using SON technology,
Alcatel-Lucent’s Small Cell portfolio also has the capability to continuously
adjust transmit power to the surrounding environment – to deliver the best
possible coverage.

According to a recent study by market research firm Infonetics Research,
“4G Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey,” there is significant
operator interest in launching Femtocell services. This is particularly true
of 3G Femtocell-based cellular home zones, with 36% of respondents currently
offering such a service and 82% planning to do so by 2014.

“Having been an early proponent of this technology, introducing its first
Femtocell solution more than five years ago, Alcatel-Lucent is well
positioned to help mobile operators take advantage of this burgeoning
opportunity,” says Richard Webb, Directing Analyst for WiMAX, Microwave &
Mobile Devices, Infonetics Research.

“Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs’ modeling has shown that it is up to 100 times
less expensive to send a bit through a small cell than it is through the
macro cell. Small cells provide quicker and more economical capacity gains
and should become an essential ingredient when augmenting mobile broadband
capacity and moving to smarter networks,” adds Wim Sweldens, head of
Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless activities. “The small cell market is gaining real
traction and is now set for the next phase, with commercial services and
large-scale deployments expected to significantly increase by the end of
2010. Alcatel-Lucent is a front runner in this space as illustrated by our
recent wins – i.e., one per week.”

About the Alcatel-Lucent Small Cell approach

The Alcatel-Lucent Small Cell portfolio currently consists of the 9361
Home Cell and the 9362 Enterprise Cell. Alcatel-Lucent’s Small Cell approach
benefits from the company’s unique expertise in bringing together wireless
and IP technologies into a single, coherent network. It is an integral part
of Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Enablement vision – building on its High
Leverage Network(TM) architecture to deliver wireless IP services.

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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
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