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Alcatel-Lucent reaffirmed as leader in CDMA with latest Dell’Oro Group report

by david.nunes

Paris, August 10, 2010 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it remains the leader in the CDMA space according to Dell’Oro’s latest Mobility Infrastructure report[1]. Not only does Dell’Oro place Alcatel-Lucent as the historical leader in CDMA (leading in CDMA revenues since 3Q’01), the industry analyst firm also acknowledges that Alcatel-Lucent has reinforced its number one position on a quarterly basis, growing its market share – as measured by revenue – to more than 40% in 2Q’10.

CDMA remains a dynamic market with more than 500 million subscribers worldwide, and experiencing strong subscriber and traffic growth. Alcatel-Lucent continues to see CDMA as a longer-term, viable solution in established and emerging markets. CDMA remains a critical long-term asset, even as operators are starting to introduce wireless 4G technologies, due to CDMA’s extended coverage and roaming support, as well as its ability to deliver high-speed data, combined with low-cost and high-capacity voice.

Dell’Oro Group’s Scott Siegler confirms this trend, highlighting in a recent report[2] that, over the last couple of quarters, the availability of more capable 3G CDMA devices has resulted in CDMA operators experiencing a large surge in the data traffic on their networks. He expects this data growth to continue, leading to renewed investments in modernizing older CDMA equipment and upgrading the capacity of service providers’ footprint.

With the tremendous global uptake in 3G services, Alcatel-Lucent is in a unique position with its Converged RAN platform to refresh older CDMA technology with more eco-sustainable, higher-capacity options, enabling customers to move to all-IP today, and prepare their networks for evolution to LTE when the time is right.

“Alcatel-Lucent takes its leadership in CDMA very seriously. Building on it, we have started to partner with service providers around the world to implement our common view of the future: the evolution to a wireless all-IP network,” says Wim Sweldens, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless activities.

“Our continuous innovations in the wireless space enable them to offer a whole new range of bandwidth-demanding mobile data and video applications – over their existing equipment, but at far greater speeds and less a cost,” he adds.

Alcatel-Lucent has always been a prominent player in the CDMA space, widely recognized as the industry’s market, thought and technology leader. This has been driven by Alcatel-Lucent’s leading role in CDMA’s standardization bodies, and by its drive to constantly improve customers’ ability to cope with the increasingly demanding nature of mobile communication services. Today, Alcatel-Lucent continues to help its customers maximize their CDMA investment through further research in Multi Carrier EV-DO Revision B technology, for instance, but also through Alcatel-Lucent’s Converged RAN solution which provides a smooth evolution path to LTE, while ensuring maximum re-use of equipment and dramatically reducing energy consumption.

Alcatel-Lucent is the global leader in CDMA, supplying CDMA solutions to more than 70 customers in 40 countries and supporting five of the top six global CDMA operators. Alcatel-Lucent is working with Tier One operators as they evolve their networks from CDMA/EV-DO to incorporate LTE technology, ensuring the smooth interoperability of their 3G and 4G network infrastructures. According to industry analyst firm Dell’Oro, Alcatel-Lucent has been leading in terms of worldwide CDMA revenues since 3Q’01. Moreover, Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by five customers for commercial LTE deployments, including the two largest US service providers, and is involved in more than 50 LTE customer trials. For more info about Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless portfolio, please check http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/wireless.

Editorial Background Material
• China Telecom awards Alcatel-Lucent CDMA network upgrade contract in 56 cities across nine provinces (August 10, 2010)

• China Telecom leverages Alcatel-Lucent CDMA/EV-DO Rev. B technology at Expo 2010 to boost mobile broadband speeds by up to three times (June 1, 2010)

• Sky Link and Alcatel-Lucent bring the mobile broadband end-user experience in Moscow to the next level with EV-DO Rev.B network (May 11, 2010)

• Alcatel-Lucent introduces Ultimate Wireless Packet Core to help service providers address the explosion of mobile data services on 3G and emerging LTE networks (March 18, 2010)

• Alcatel-Lucent and LG Electronics complete a live handoff of an end-to-end data call between Long Term Evolution (LTE) and CDMA networks (January 7, 2010)

• China Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent’s multicarrier EV-DO solution to enhance end-users’ 3G experience (October 9, 2009)

• China Mobile, China Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent sign USD 1.7 billion framework agreements for 2009 (April 27, 2009)

[1]Mobility Infrastructure-CDMA (Worldwide) 2Q10 [August 2010 – Dell’Oro Group]

[2]Mobility Report 1Q10: Market Summary & Vendor Information – GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA, WCDMA, Mobile WiMAX – Worldwide & Regions [May 2010 – Dell’Oro Group]

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 and optics 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 billion in 2009 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent.

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