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Press Release -- May 31st, 2012
Source: Alcatel-Lucent

Belgacom Directory Information Services improves flexibility and performance of directory service leveraging Alcatel-Lucent solutions

Alcatel-Lucent helps Belgacom Directory Information Services (DIS) prepare for the future introduction of new capabilities to enhance interaction with customer

Paris – May 31, 2012 – Belgian telecom users are to enjoy an enhanced level of service when they access the Belgian telecommunications operators’ directory enquiries service this year.

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is replacing Belgacom DIS’ hardware-based directory service – which was limited to assisting with phone number enquiries – with a software solution that will provide advanced new features along with a more flexible and cost effective means of supplying the service.

The solution software will reside in Belgacom’s data centers. Alcatel-Lucent’s Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) – which is already in use by Belgacom – will provide access to the data centers through the cloud.

With the new system Alcatel-Lucent is providing a richer set of services, built upon the foundation of IP architecture from Genesys for the management of both customer service software and IMS. Alcatel-Lucent’s Services business is integrating all aspects of the solution along with the Soleo software designed specifically for directory information access already deployed in DIS network.

Olivier Mabille, head of Directory Information Services of Belgacom: “What traditionally was known as a basic service assisting on phone number enquiries (1207, 1307, 1407) will considerably change in the future. By using the latest trends of social media and chat, we considerably enhance the user experience. The new Alcatel-Lucent platform will allow us to evolve towards an interactive multimedia service, which will bring new experiences to the Belgian telecom users.”

Alcatel-Lucent’s Directory Services Solution offers operators the opportunity to enrich the end-user experience in a number of ways including dynamic interactive voice recognition menus that recognize the customer’s identity and the type of information they are seeking as well as the use of chat or messaging formats to provide information to the subscriber. Moreover, the graphical user interface allows better management of the platform and a much more flexible system.

Luc Defieuw, VP CIS, North, Central and Eastern Europe from Alcatel-Lucent said: “As the world of communications is changing, and people these days have become very familiar with interactive multimedia communication tools and social media, they expect a different kind of service from their operator. With this platform, Belgacom enters a new era for directory services, which allows the operator to bring a better service to its customers, but also monetize better the investment made by evolving into new services and features.”

Paul Segre, President of Genesys said: “Belgacom and Genesys have had a longstanding partnership,” said Paul Segre, CEO and President of Genesys. “This opportunity with Belgacom is an exciting one, and highlights the mutual strengths and capabilities offered by Genesys and Alcatel-Lucent to deliver the best customer service around the world.”

Belgacom Media Contact

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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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