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Press Release -- May 31st, 2012
Source: Alcatel-Lucent
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Bharti Airtel chooses Alcatel Lucent to create a CEN (Carrier grade Ethernet) based IP access network to offer best in class mobile broadband speed to its customers

Will boost the network and service performance while keeping pace with customers’ growing appetite for data and bandwidth extensive applications

Paris, May 31, 2012 - Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa has selected Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to create Internet protocol (IP) access network – based on Carrier Ethernet technology (CEN) – thereby enabling the operator to deliver faster mobile broadband speeds to its customers. This IP network will allow Bharti Airtel to meet the surging bandwidth requirements of customers while accessing data, video and Internet services on an array of devices, such as smart-phones, tablets and laptops.

Jagbir Singh, Director – Network Services Group, Bharti Airtel said, “Given the exponential growth in the uptake of data in India, we thought it is the right time for us to transition to a scalable IP-based access network for reasons of both cost and performance. With this we will usher in the next level of user experience that brings alive high-bandwidth applications such as high-speed Internet, interactive TV, mobile video blogging and many more. Alcatel Lucent’s IP/MPLS solutions currently operating on our network have been able to manage our data delivery requirements and we are convinced on the scalability aspect of the proposed solution.”

Munish Seth, President and Managing Director, Alcatel-Lucent India said, “We are delighted that Bharti Airtel has chosen Alcatel-Lucent to provide a consistent level of quality in delivering broadband services and voice to all their subscribers. It puts them in a great position to face the challenges of increased bandwidth demand as the millions of their customers discover the power and appeal of the mobile internet for data access, social interaction, gaming and mobile television to name just some of the available options.  It is a whole new world and Bharti Airtel is ready for its challenges and we are delighted to partner with Bharti Airtel in this journey”

With ever growing ‘data’ demand for both personal & enterprise broadband services set to soar further, Bharti Airtel’s move to create a CEN (carrier-grade Ethernet)-based IP access network will help the company to offer its customers various services such as video streaming, high speed data , social network-based applications, online gaming, video conferencing and online collaboration. Additionally this network would also be catering to the DSL broadband as well as 2G/3G/4G voice and data traffic making it a true converged network.

The key elements of the Bharti Airtel mobile backhaul network are Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 Service Router, 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) and 5620 Service Aware Manager. They are the cornerstones of Alcatel-Lucent’s leading Mobile Backhaul solution, offering a highly scalable, converged (support for 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE) and reliable end-to-end solution deployed by more than 120 operators globally.

About Bharti Airtel Limited

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading integrated telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 5 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G services, fixed line, high speed broadband through DSL, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G mobile services. Bharti Airtel had over 253 million customers across its operations at the end of April 2012. To know more please visit, external linkwww.airtel.com

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.

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