lightRadio Connects the World

June 8, 2011

PARIS, MIAMI and MURRAY HILL, New Jersey, June 8, 2011
/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The world’s first long-distance, high-quality
mobile video-call using lightRadio(TM) – a breakthrough system pioneered by
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to transform the economics and
efficiency of mobile telephony – has successfully taken place from the
historic desk of Alexander Graham Bell.

Industry executives, technology leaders and analysts witnessed the
inaugural lightRadio video call made from the headquarters of Bell Labs, the
innovation engine of Alcatel-Lucent and now home to Graham Bell’s desk, from
which he made the first-ever long-distance phone call.

Chris Lewis, Group Vice President of industry analysts IDC, hosted the
call from Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, connecting with Ben
, Chief Executive of Alcatel-Lucent in Paris, and delegates at a
business conference in Miami.

lightRadio is the name of a family of technologies which are set to
transform mobile communications, improving the quality of network services
for consumers while dramatically reducing the size, carbon footprint and
energy consumption of mobile base stations.

After participating in the call, Ben Verwaayen, said: “We have taken
lightRadio from the drawing-board to a fully working system, creating an
entirely new system to connect customers around the world.”

The launch of lightRadio will help address exploding demand for mobile
broadband services and increasing global consumption of wireless content.
This has been fuelled by the adoption of smartphones and the popularity of
video applications, social networking and mobile gaming services – all
requiring wireless service providers to provide greater speed and capacity

Network operators such as France Telecom/Orange, Telefonica and China
Mobile are now engaged with Alcatel-Lucent in co-creating the market
implementation of lightRadio. The system is expected to deliver significant
operational savings for carriers and infrastructure owners by marking an end
to the existing system of complex base stations and large cell towers.

This week’s inaugural call demonstrates lightRadio’s ability to handle
high levels of data, meeting demand from customers increasingly using mobile
video on Internet-networks. Among breakthroughs promised by the system, it
will reduce mobile network energy consumption by 50% – compared with current
equipment; enable roll-out of mobile broadband services to new markets using
sustainable-power sources; and deliver major savings for operators.

Alcatel-Lucent predicts that lightRadio will help cut the cost of mobile
infrastructure site, energy consumption, operations and maintenance. Bell
estimates that the total cost of ownership of mobile networks, the sum
spent by mobile operators on access systems, reached 150 billion Euros in

More information about Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio portfolio can found
online at http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lightradio.

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About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic
industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in
mobile, fixed, IP and optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and
services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost
centres of research and innovation in communications technology.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most
experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is
a local partner with global reach.

The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is
incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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