ZyXEL joins Alcatel-Lucent's small cell software licensing program to extend availability of high-quality mobile broadband connections in homes

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ZyXEL to use Alcatel-Lucent's residential small cell software to enhance
residential mobile broadband speed and coverage
PARIS, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading mobile broadband solution provider,
ZyXEL, is to license and integrate product software from Alcatel-Lucent
(Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) into its range of consumer networking devices to
help improve the coverage and quality of 3G mobile broadband services in homes
across the globe.    

The growing number of people who use smartphones and tablet devices to access
the Internet, play games and watch videos in their homes, often find that
connections can be slow and coverage can be poor. This may be because of a weak
signal due to the physical distance of the building from the operator's base
station or because the structure of the building is impeding the signal. These
issues can be solved by the installation of residential small cells - small
wireless base stations - that can be easily installed by homeowners themselves
to improve mobile broadband speed and quality.

As part of Alcatel-Lucent's Software Licensing Program, ZyXEL will integrate
Alcatel-Lucent's residential small cell software with its own broadband and
wireless products, to provide consumers with high-speed, high-performance
connections to the mobile broadband network in their homes. Using the two
industry leaders' combined expertise, these products - or 'CPEs' (Customer
Premises Equipment) - will allow operators to satisfy their customers' demands
with consistent 'five-bar' signals. ZyXEL's new small cell CPEs will also be a
good choice for service providers as they will utilize Alcatel-Lucent's existing
small cell software, already used by many operators worldwide.   

Wayne Hwang, Assistant VP of Wireless Strategy Business Unit of ZyXEL, said: "At
ZyXEL, our mission is to develop IP-enabled wired and wireless broadband
solutions that help people communicate more effectively while enjoying a
seamlessly connected network. Alcatel-Lucent's residential small cell software
will help us deliver products with a competitive edge, while allowing us to
provide high-quality, high-performance mobile broadband solutions for homes
across the globe to enhance the mobile broadband experience for customers."

Mike Schabel, VP of Alcatel-Lucent's small cell business said:  "As more people
are using mobile devices at home, they expect the same high-quality experience
they get by switching on their television or using their gaming consoles.
Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in small cell solutions, and our Software Licensing
Program allows us to work with companies such as ZyXEL to leverage their product
capabilities and integrate our expertise into a range of new home routers,
set-top boxes and more to make small cell technology available to more people at
lower costs. Additionally the program enables the creation of new revenue
streams for Alcatel-Lucent."

About Alcatel-Lucent's 9361 Home Cell (HC) Softcell Software Licensing Program

Alcatel-Lucent's Software Licensing Program - 9361 HC Softcell - allows
operators to work with selected partners of Alcatel-Lucent or their preferred
customer premises equipment (CPE) vendors to benefit from low-cost CPE,
pre-integrated with the same high-quality Alcatel-Lucent software used in all
its W-CDMA residential products. This gives CPE vendors and mobile service
provider's access to Alcatel-Lucent's extensive experience in delivering
end-to-end wireless features and allows them to benefit from using reliable
software with proven security standards.   

About ZyXEL Communications

ZyXEL Communications Corp., founded in 1989, is the world-class networking
company providing IP-enabled wired and wireless broadband solutions. ZyXEL is
one of the few companies in the world capable of offering complete networking
solutions for Telcos, small-Medium sized businesses, and home users for a wide
range of deployment scenarios to construct and enhance Internet accessibility
and connectivity efficiently and extensively. Telco solutions include Central
Office Equipment (COEs), Customer Premises Equipment (CPEs), 3G and 4G/LTE Wired
and Wireless Access Network Devices, and Carrier Switches. SMB solutions include
Unified Security Gateways, LAN Switches, WLAN, and IP Telephony. Digital Home
solutions include Home Network Connectivity Devices and Cloud Multimedia

For complete information about ZyXEL and all product portfolios, please visit
ZyXEL on:  http://www.zyxel.com

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.  

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on:  http://www.alcatel-lucent.com,
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http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog  and follow the Company on Twitter: 


SOURCE  Alcatel-Lucent

ZyXEL Press: GRACE CHEN, + 886 (3) 578 3942 #88417, grace.chen@zyxel.com.tw,
TEFEN TAO, + 886 (3) 578 3942 #85200, tefen.tao@zyxel.com.tw; Alcatel-Lucent
Press: SIMON POULTER, +33 (0)1 40 76 50 84, simon.poulter@alcatel-lucent.com,
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