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Press Release -- February 21st, 2013
Source: Alcatel-Lucent

High Definition Video Conferencing Initiative keeps growing

First commercial trials planned for first half of 2013

20th February 2013, Barcelona - The High Definition Video Conferencing Initiative, built upon participation of key interested industry players, is proud to welcome BT, GENBAND, Huawei, KPN and ZTE as new member companies.

The Initiative can now count on the commitment and support of some of the world’s leading telecommunications operators (BT, Deutsche Telekom AG, KPN, France Telecom-Orange, Telecom Italia and Telefónica) and infrastructure solutions vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, GENBAND, Italtel, Polycom, Quanta Computer, Huawei and ZTE).

HDVC, which is open to all interested parties, is built upon a simple and cooperative governance model. The Initiative has defined an open, interoperable and multi-operator environment (based on existing 3GPP, IETF and GSMA specifications) that supports easy-to-use services across networks and video equipment, regardless of the country of origin or destination of the call and overcoming the need for support of an operator’s service center.

This open environment will turn videoconferencing into a fully interoperable mass market service that enables each individual member to connect everything from mobile phones and tablets to large telepresence rooms into one globally supported network, fostering thegrowth of services thathas been constrained by the lack of interoperability among networks and manufacturers. Current videoconference services only work in closed solution environments and face significant difficulties when switching between networks and or video equipment from different manufacturers located in different countries.

Massive deployment of videoconferencing will make the collaboration between people and companies across different countries more efficient, helping to reduce travels and transportations costs and lowering carbon emissions, which will have a beneficial impact on the environment.

In the first half of 2013, national and international commercial trials, targeted to enterprise customers, will be executed by Telefonica, BT, Deutsche Telekom and Telecom Italia with support by Ericsson, Italtel, GENBAND, Quanta and Polycom as network and endpoint vendors, marking a major step forward towards full service’s commercialization opportunities by individual members.

About HDVC

The High Definition Video Conferencing Initiative (HDVC) is an open group of operators and manufacturers that collaborate to jointly agree on the usage of existing and emerging open standards for high quality video conferencing and communication in order to deploy and to promote video services in an IP-based telecommunications environment. The group is open for any company to join which is willing to support the Initiative’s activities towards the above mentioned goals.

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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 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

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