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nTelos Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent complete field trial of end-to-end 4G LTE network

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nTelos Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent complete field trial of end-to-end 4G LTE network

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Waynesboro, Va. And Paris, April 7, 2011 Virginia-based nTelos Wireless, known for providing high-speed, dependable, nationwide service and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the successful completion of an end-to-end 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) field trial in Waynesboro, Virginia.

Alcatel-Lucent leveraged its industry-leading 4G LTE expertise to provide an end-to-end integrated solution including 4G LTE base stations (eNodeBs), the Evolved Packet Core (EPC), IP service routing network elements as well as operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) systems.

“This trial enables us to make informed decisions on how to smoothly evolve our network and incorporate 4G LTE into the existing infrastructure, particularly in terms of end-user performance, throughput, latency and Quality of Experience,” said Bobby McAvoy, Senior Vice President, Wireless Engineering & Operations for nTelos Wireless. “We decided to team with Alcatel-Lucent on the trial because of our longstanding relationship and proven track record in the area of CDMA as well as their expertise and experience in LTE.”

“The nTelos trial illustrates the broad range of 4G LTE adoption with service providers of all sizes throughout the U.S. We look forward to further demonstrating our technical leadership and transformation expertise to unleash LTE’s full business potential to benefit nTelos customers,” said Robert Vrij, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Americas Region. “We consider nTelos’ selection of us to participate in the trial to be a strong endorsement of Alcatel-Lucent’s innovation and forward-looking strategy in the area of mobile broadband solutions and efficient high-performance IP-based network.”

Having been selected so far by twelve customers for commercial deployments, including two of the world’s largest service providers, and being involved in more than 60 customer trials, Alcatel-Lucent has established a clear leadership position in Long Term Evolution (LTE).

Our trial and contract awards span all regions of the globe.

More information on Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end 4G LTE solution: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lte

About nTelos

nTelos Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NTLS) is an integrated communications provider with headquarters in Waynesboro, VA. nTelos provides products and services to customers in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Maryland and North Carolina, including high-speed nationwide wireless voice and data services, local and long distance telephone, high capacity transport, networking and high-speed Broadband data services and IPTV-based video products. Detailed information about nTelos is available at external linkwww.ntelos.com.

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.

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 16 billion in 2010 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.

Contact the Alcatel-Lucent Press Office: press@alcatel-lucent.com

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