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Alcatel-Lucent selected by du to build second phase of high-speed optical communications network in the United Arab Emirates

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Alcatel-Lucent selected by du to build second phase of high-speed optical communications network in the United Arab Emirates

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High-speed 100G and OTN sub-wavelenth grooming will enable du to address current and future capacity needs created by surge in data from cloud, video and other high bandwidth hungry applications

Dubai, UAE and Paris – April 23rd, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and du have announced that Alcatel-Lucent has been selected to build the second phase of a high-speed 100G coherent optical transport network throughout the United Arab Emirates.

The new optical transport network will enable du to dramatically boost the speed and capacity of its existing network, and thanks to the efficiency of OTN sub-wavelength grooming, it will support the booming explosion of data traffic generated by the proliferation of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets in the most economical way.

Key Facts:

  • du will use Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) to address the booming demand for high-bandwidth data services such as high-definition video streaming, next-generation mobile broadband applications and cloud services.
  • Network capacity and performance will be significantly boosted by taking advantage of unique Bell Labs silicon innovations to support data speeds of 100 gigabits-per-second on each of the 88 wavelengths.
  • Alcatel-Lucent is supplying du with its soft decision forward error correction (SD-FEC) -based 100G coherent optical technology developed using the company’s recently introduced Photonic Service Engine (PSE), 400G chip. SD-FEC is a method that can extend the reach of 100G signals to much longer, more usable distances.
  • Key 1830 PSS features, such as OTN switching and the SDH Gateway, help maximize the bandwidth utilization of 100G channels letting service providers more efficiently fill their 100G pipes
  • Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G fiber optic technology supports a capacity of up to 8.8 Terabit per second – the equivalent of 1.32 million HDTV channels streamed at the same time – over a single optical fibre
  • Alcatel-Lucent and du have a longstanding relationship and recently announced the selection of Alcatel-Lucent to boost converged service offerings in the UAE by deploying the latest IP-routing technology. Traffic from du’s converged high-performance IP router–based network will be transported using the 1830 PSS.


Saleem AlBalooshi, Executive Vice President – Customer Operations and acting Executive Vice President – Network Development and Operations, du, said: “Customer experience is our priority. We constantly endeavour to develop our infrastructure, taking into consideration the digital age and the changing needs of our customers. The demand for data services is growing by the second and we selected Alcatel-Lucent’s solution to boost the capabilities of our network in order to accommodate future needs. We are confident that Alcatel-Lucent’s global knowledge will contribute to delivering the best experience as a result of this project.”

Amr K. El-Leithy, President Middle East, Turkey and Africa region, said: “In continuing to team with du, Alcatel-Lucent is expanding our position as the leading next-generation network provider in the UAE. The new SD-FEC based 100G coherent optical transport network du is deploying will enable them to future differentiate themselves and meet the ever-growing broadband data needs of their customers.”

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About du
We opened for business in 2006. We offer mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to individuals, homes and businesses. We also provide carrier services for businesses and satellite up/downlink services for TV broadcasters.

As a rapidly-growing enterprise, we have a team of experts working to enhance and expand our bouquet of service offerings. Our people come from over 60 countries – we mirror the rich cultural diversity of our nation, while being able to serve our customers in a variety of languages.

Over 50% of our senior management team and customer-facing employees are UAE nationals, and we remain committed to providing fulfilling opportunities for quality talent in a cosmopolitan working environment.

By the end of 2012, more than 6.45 million people and over 50,000 businesses have chosen to use our services. In a survey conducted by ARC Chart, we were named the Best Mobile Broadband Network 2012 in the Middle East and Africa region. We also ranked first in MENA’s Standard & Poor/Hawkamah Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Index in 2011.

du is 39.5 percent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 20.081 percent by Mubadala Development Company PJSC, 19.5 percent by Emirates Communications and Technology LLC and the remaining stake by public shareholders. du is listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and trades under the name ‘du’.

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: external linkhttp://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent.

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