Alcatel-Lucent: The Disappearing Mobile Masts and Towers

February 7, 2011

PARIS and LONDON, February 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

– lightRadio(TM) – Solving Network Gridlock and Universal High-Speed

The looming global gridlock in mobile communications promises to be
averted following the launch today of pioneering technology which will remove
the bottlenecks constraining mobile networks and help deliver universal
broadband coverage.

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), the leading network
technology group, has joined forces with industry partners to develop
lightRadio(TM), a new system that signals the end of the mobile industry’s
reliance on masts and base stations around the world.

Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Today’s
and tomorrow’s demands for coverage and capacity require a breakthrough in
mobile communications.”

He added: “lightRadio will signal the end of the basestation and the cell
tower as we know it today.”

Governments and regulatory bodies are expected to welcome the technical
development, which will help meet targets for universal broadband access by
laying the foundation to address the so-called “digital divide.”

    Other major benefits from lightRadio(TM) include:

    - Shrinking the carbon footprint of mobile networks by over 50%

    - Reducing the Total-Cost-of-Ownership of mobile operators by up to 50%

    - Improving end user services by significantly increasing bandwidth per
      user thanks to the deployment of small antennas everywhere

Wim Sweldens, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Division said:
“lightRadio will help mobile operators evolve their networks to address the
mobile broadband deluge.”

lightRadio represents a new approach where the base station, typically
located at the base of each cell site tower, is broken into its components
elements and then distributed into both the antenna and throughout a
cloud-like network.

lightRadio also shrinks today’s clutter of antennas serving 2G, 3G, and
LTE systems into a single powerful, Bell Labs-pioneered antenna that can be
mounted on poles, sides of buildings or anywhere else there is power and a
broadband connection.

The innovation coincides with growing demand for third-and-fourth
generation mobile networks and devices, involving the mass adoption of
wireless television services and other forms of broadband content. The total
addressable market for the radio technology necessary to serve such networks
and devices is expected to exceed EUR100bn1 over the next seven years.

Alcatel-Lucent announced the lightRadio(TM) technical specifications and
launch timetable at an industry event in London today. Visit
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lightradio for product press release and link
to event replay (available at 2:30 GMT).

[1] This is the total addressable market for multi-technology radio
solutions that consist of radio access base stations that simultaneously
support 2G, 3G, and LTE, and multiple frequencies in the same platform

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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