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Press Release -- February 26th, 2013
Source: Alcatel-Lucent
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P&T Luxembourg trials Alcatel-Lucent’s Zero-Touch Vectoring innovation as solution for meeting national government ‘Ultra High BroadBand’ targets

World’s first trial of combined VDSL2 Bonding and Vectoring technologies to ensure access to broadband speeds of 100 megabits per second by 2015 for100 percent of households in Luxembourg

BARCELONA, Spain, February 26, 2013 -- Mobile World Congress 2013 – P&T Luxembourg, the leading communications service provider in Luxembourg, has engaged with Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to evaluate how innovative technology can help the operator meet the national government’s ‘external link Ultra High BroadBand’ plan - which aims at providing all Luxembourg residents with broadband speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 50 Mbps upstream by 2015 and position Luxembourg as Europe’s leading digital hub.

In addition to heavily investing in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), P&T Luxembourg wants to see what can be achieved by combining VDSL2 Bonding and Vectoring technologies, thereby relying on Alcatel-Lucent’s recent Zero-Touch Vectoring innovation.

P&T Luxembourg is already deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON and P2P-based fiber access solution, and is now investigating how to leverage its existing digital subscriber line (DSL) infrastructure to reach the government’s 100 Mbps target faster – through the use of VDSL2 Bonding and Vectoring.

VDSL2 Vectoring is a noise-cancelling technology that removes the interference between the multiple VDSL2 lines, so that each VDSL2 line can operate at its best and deliver higher data transmission speeds. In combination with VDSL2 Bonding, which takes two copper-based VDSL2 lines per subscriber and aggregates them, speeds of 100 Mbps can be achieved at distances up to 800m.

One important issue that P&T Luxembourg has been struggling with, however, is the impact that its customers’ legacy VDSL2 modems would have on the gains brought by Vectoring. This concern can now be addressed by Alcatel-Lucent’s recently-launched Zero-Touch Vectoring innovation.

Serge Eiffes, Head of Fixed Access & Home-Office Ecosystem, P&T Luxembourg said: “Our national government wants to position Luxembourg as Europe’s premier digital hub – and has therefore set some very aggressive broadband targets: 100 Mbps for all by 2015 and even 1 Gbps for all by 2020. To help to reach these targets, we have been investing heavily in our FTTH infrastructure – and now want to trial Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 Bonding and Vectoring technologies to get to fast faster, and this in priority in regions where the fibre deployment will come at the second half of the decade. Alcatel-Lucent’s Zero-Touch Vectoring innovation makes it possible for us to consider seriously those new technologies and to analyze the benefit to the whole telecom industry in Luxembourg in case of a deployment in our network.”

Luis Martinez Amago, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s EMEA region, said: Alcatel-Lucent said: “P&T Luxembourg is a front runner in terms of providing people with access to very high-speed broadband. While fiber is clearly the end goal for them – a technology in which they are heavily investing already – it makes perfect sense to also upgrade their copper plant to bring fiber-like speeds to more customers, more quickly. Being a leader in fixed access, we believe that we are uniquely positioned to help P&T Luxembourg achieve the government’s aggressive broadband targets in a timely manner. Not only did we bring to market the industry’s first VDSL2 Vectoring and Bonding solutions, our Zero-Touch Vectoring innovation now also makes Vectoring more cost-effective and easy to deploy.”

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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