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Japanese mobile operator Wireless City Planning enhances mobile broadband quality for subscribers thanks to Alcatel-Lucent

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Japanese mobile operator Wireless City Planning enhances mobile broadband quality for subscribers thanks to Alcatel-Lucent

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Alcatel-Lucent’s 9900 Wireless Network Guardian gives SOFTBANK-led service provider the ability to observe and manage the performance of subscribers’ data services

Paris and Tokyo, November 6, 2012 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is providing SOFTBANK-led Japanese mobile service provider Wireless City Planning Inc. (WCP) with a dramatically greater understanding of the impact of data service usage on its network performance, helping WCP deliver an exceptional mobile broadband experience to its customers.

With smartphone ownership in Japan growing by 43% in 2012[i], demand for mobile video, cloud gaming and other data services has exploded in the country.  In order to remain competitive, service providers must ensure that they meet their customers’ growing needs for bandwidth while maintaining the quality they expect. To do this, they need to understand how that demand affects their network.

With Alcatel-Lucent’s 9900 Wireless Network Guardian (WNG), WCP will be able to monitor service quality continually over its Advanced XGP (AXGP) mobile broadband network, ‘SOFTBANK 4G’; AXGP is based on technology developed in Japan that is highly compatible with TD-LTE, a popular 4G standard. Alcatel-Lucent is already a supplier for AXGP, one of the world’s first superfast LTE networks, which employs Alcatel-Lucent’s Internet protocol (IP) Service Router and Service Access Switch backhaul technology.

The WNG provides real-time insights on how every element of the network is performing under the growing data volume generated by the different mobile devices used by customers and by the applications and services they are accessing.

This constant delivery of network intelligence and subscriber analytics enables WCP to understand the level of quality its customers are receiving so that they can enhance delivery of video and Internet access, identify and prevent network issues and plan for future network deployments to further increase quality and customer satisfaction.

Yoshioki Chika, CTO of WCP said: “As our subscribers’ appetite for mobile broadband grows rapidly, Alcatel-Lucent is providing us with the network intelligence we need to continue to meet that demand with the quality that they expect, both now and in the future.”

Martin Jordy, head of Alcatel-Lucent in Japan said: “Traditional performance monitoring tools often fail to provide insight into the interactions between devices, networks and specific applications. Alcatel-Lucent’s 9900 Wireless Network Guardian helps mobile service providers truly understand how subscribers, their devices and applications interact with network elements and how that interaction impacts the network. As a result, subscribers’ experiences are improved, wherever customers are and by whatever device they are using.”

Alcatel-Lucent’s technology solution for Wireless City Planning

Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide WCP with its 9900 WNG, as well as providing expertise in project management, integration, installation and commissioning. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide diagnostic services to assess the impact of various devices and applications on the network, and bring further insights into the adoption of best practices for delivering consistent performance and to avoid problems in the future. The company supported a trial of the service through to the end of September 2012 and commercial usage begun in October 2012.

About SOFTBANK CORP. and Wireless City Planning Inc.
SOFTBANK is a leading Internet company engaged in various businesses in the information industry, including mobile communications, broadband infrastructure, fixed-line telecommunications andInternet culture, SOFTBANK continuously strives to create synergies between various content and services within the Group.  Wireless City Planning Inc. is a SOFTBANK’s group company and provides networks utilizing AXGP.  For more information, please refer to external linkhttp://www.softbank.co.jp/en/.

Alcatel-Lucent will demonstrate the Wireless Network Guardian at the external linkBroadband Traffic Management Global Congress taking place 6-8 November at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.

[i] According to a recent ComScore survey

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 was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 2012 Top 50 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission – Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion in 2011 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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