Alcatel-Lucent to boost Belgacom's delivery of video, cloud and multimedia services thanks to the world's most powerful Internet core router

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To address exploding demand for new applications Alcatel-Lucent and Belgacom
collaborate to introduce world-class new technology at the heart of Europe
BRUSSELS,  Feb. 18, 2013  /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext
Paris and NYSE: ALU) and  Belgium's leading service provider, Belgacom, today
announced plans to expand its network infrastructure as it continues to address
the exponential growth in bandwidth demand driven by demand from customers,
businesses, data centers and content platforms.


Belgium  is home to a large number of international organizations, including the
European Commission. In deploying Alcatel-Lucent's  Extensible Routing System
(XRS), Belgacom will be better able to handle the data demand created by such
institutions as well as residential customers, making use of significantly more
capacity to meet current and future bandwidth demands being driven by video,
cloud-based applications and immersive multimedia delivered across an array of
increasingly capable devices.  

The XRS system also takes up less physical space and consumes dramatically less
power than alternative routers, delivering cost and efficiency benefits to
operators like Belgacom.

Core routers direct data traffic at the heart of the Internet network and
determine the speed at which 'packets' of data are delivered. Alcatel-Lucent's
7950 XRS router is the highest performing and most reliable core router
available. It dramatically lowers operational complexity and deployment risks
for service providers while providing an immediate boost to the IP core.

Key Facts

* The 7950 XRS family brings a huge boost in capacity, efficiency and
flexibility to the heart of Internet Protocol (IP) networks. The routers provide
five times the data throughput of existing alternatives while consuming only
one-third the electricity.  
* The XRS brings significant operational cost savings by reducing requirements
for physical footprint and power per bit. Over a five-year horizon of network
growth, Belgacom can save more than 50% of their space and power costs using the
7950 XRS.  
* The 7950 XRS allows Belgacom to support the rapid adoption of 'cloud'
applications, the explosion in video traffic and the widespread use of
smartphones and tablets and prepares the core of their network for the next
decade of growth.  
* In 2004, Alcatel-Lucent reshaped the edge router market with the launch of its
Service Router (SR). Today, it has a 25% market share, with more than 450
customers worldwide in IP routing.  
* Telefonica  recently announced that it will also deploy the XRS in  Argentina 
and the  Czech Republic.  
* In  November 2012, Alcatel-Lucent's XRS was awarded the prize of Best New
Product (Telecom)  byLight Reading.


Johan Luystermans, Vice President Network Engineering & Operations, Belgacom
said:  "Thanks to the XRS, our customers will be able to watch more videos in
more places, play more sophisticated video games, perform more transactions,
share more data and overall do all the things they depend upon the Internet to
do but now at greater speeds and with more reliability than was ever possible

Luis Martinez Amago, President of Alcatel-Lucent's EMEA region, said:  "The XRS
is a truly groundbreaking innovation, capable of reinventing the very heart of
the Internet. It will benefit Belgacom significantly in both meeting the needs
of home and institutional customers, and in lowering the operational cost of
running an IP network, while at the same time reinforcing our long-term
relationship and cooperation in bringing innovations to market that improve the
experience of consumers."

Additional information

* Product web site:
* Photos:   Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS family:
* General  ALU Flickr  link:
* Videos, slides and more from the Annual Tech Symposium:
* Blog: Alcatel-Lucent's New Core Router: off to a big start

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

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments
around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of
networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is
home to  Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost research centers, responsible
for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry.  

Alcatel-Lucent innovations are regularly recognized by international
institutions for their positive impact on society. In 2012 and for the second
year running, Alcatel-Lucent was named one of the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global
Innovators, recognition for the company's continued addition to its world-class
patent portfolio, one of the largest in the telecom industry. Alcatel-Lucent has
also been recognized for its sustainability performance. In 2012 the company was
ranked Technology Supersector Leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Through its innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more
sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission of
Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations throughout the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with
global reach. The Company achieved revenues of  Euro 14.4 billion  in 2012 and
is incorporated in  France  and headquartered in  Paris.  

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