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Alcatel-Lucent confirms leadership in VDSL2 vectoring with shipments of one million lines

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Alcatel-Lucent confirms leadership in VDSL2 vectoring with shipments of one million lines

Data confirms significant market demand for vectoring while analyst firm Broadbandtrends puts Alcatel-Lucent “far ahead” of other VDSL2 vectoring vendors


Paris, France, 18 April, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today confirmed that it has shipped its one millionth VDSL2 vectoring line – the newest DSL technology that enables communications service providers to give their customers super-fast broadband by upgrading their existing copper access infrastructure.

Service providers around the world are under intense pressure from both customers and policy makers to provide high-speed broadband as quickly as possible. While fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) remains the ultimate goal, many service providers have identified the need for additional technology in the near-term to help reach broadband coverage targets.

Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 vectoring technology, launched in late 2011, has made DSL a viable option again. It enables service providers to achieve downstream broadband speeds of 100 megabits-per-second (Mbps) over existing copper connections at up to 400m, meeting or surpassing broadband targets set by national and regional legislators. It also has an equalizing effect, enabling service providers to ensure the same high speeds over lines of varying quality.

Alcatel-Lucent’s one million VDSL2 vectoring lines have been delivered to 11 different service providers, including Belgacom and Telekom Austria. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent has been involved in more than 40 trials, including TDC Denmark, China Telecom, and, with P&T Luxembourg, the world’s first trial combining VDSL2 vectoring with bonding, a technique that doubles the distance over which 100Mbps can be provided.

Confirmation of Alcatel-Lucent’s leading position in VDSL2 vectoring comes from analyst firm external linkBroadbandtrends and its external link VDSL2 Vectoring Report. To coincide with the publishing of this report Alcatel-Lucent has also released an infographic about VDSL2 vectoring.

For its report, Broadbandtrendsevaluated eight vendors across a number of categories including availability of product, system features, field trials and actual deployment experience. Alcatel-Lucent achieved the overall highest score of all vendors, scoring top marks in all categories but separating itself from the rest of the group in sheer experience with actual deployments.

Teresa Mastrangelo, founder of Broadbandtrends, said: “VDSL2 vectoring clearly has the potential to relieve the pressure being put on service providers to deliver high-speed broadband today. In terms of the technology, Alcatel-Lucent remains far ahead of the competition, with not only an extensive portfolio of solutions, but numerous live deployments and field trials in every region.”

The Broadbandtrends VDSL2 Vectoring Report also gives the first indication of market potential for vectoring, predicting that all VDLS2 lines shipped from 2014 onwards will be vector-capable, reaching a total installed base of 59 million vectoring lines by 2017. Alcatel-Lucent’s trials have been in all corners of the world, indicating the global interest in VDSL2 vectoring technology.

Federico Guillén, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Networks business, said: “Many broadband customers around the world still only get 2 to 8Mbps connections at home. Knowing that their existing DSL plug in the wall could provide up to 100Mbps is very exciting. Alcatel-Lucent’s aim is to help service providers get to fast, faster. Because of its performance, speed of deployment, and low cost, VDSL2 vectoring is a viable business proposition to meet service providers’ immediate broadband objectives while we continue to partner with them on FTTH for their long-term goals.”

About Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 Vectoring Technology

Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 vectoring technology builds on the company’s ISAM family, which has already been deployed by more than 250 service providers, and supports more than 90 VDSL2 projects. VDSL2 vectoring uses noise-cancelling technology that removes the crosstalk between multiple copper lines in a bundle so that each can operate at its best and deliver higher bit rates. Crosstalk is one of the most significant inhibitors of transmission performance within copper networks.

Media Resources

Infographic on VDSL2 vectoring: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/solutions/vdsl2-vectoring/infographic

Video on how vectoring works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkVmej4urx4

Podcast with Stefaan Vanhastel, Marketing Director for Fixed Networks at Alcatel-Lucent: external link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozPFDR6TyiI&feature=share&list=PL36CDE5139980E576

Alcatel-Lucent “Get to fast, faster” website: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/wireline

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, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow the Company on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent.

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