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Press Release -- April 8th, 2013
Source: Alcatel-Lucent
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Tunisie Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent complete major step toward superfast broadband speeds throughout Tunisia

Trial of VDSL2 Vectoring technology from Alcatel-Lucent demonstrates Tunisie Telecom’s existing network is capable of achieving speeds of up to 100Mbps

 

Tunis/Paris – April 8, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Tunisie Telecom, Tunisia’s leading telecommunications provider, have successfully completed the trial of superfast broadband services using advanced Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 Vectoring technology.

The trial is a major step toward Tunisie Telecom’s plan to offer superior broadband services throughout the country. The use of vectoring will enable the operator to offer householders and businesses downstream data speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) using the existing copper access network.

Key Facts

  • Tunisie Telecom tested VDSL2 Vectoring technology to determine whether its current network can, with such a modification, meet customer demand for superfast broadband, delivering applications like video-on-demand and online gaming.
  • Data speeds of 100Mbps downstream were achieved over a distance of 600 meters, far greater than current speeds offered by standard DSL technology. Speeds of 40Mbps were achieved for upstream.
  • VDSL2 Vectoring achieves such speeds using existing copper lines and noise-cancelling technology that removes the interference between multiple lines in a grouping of cables so that each can operate at its best and deliver higher bit rates.
  • The first trials were conducted in December on Tunisie Telecom premises under field conditions using Alcatel-Lucent's Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) 7302 platform running on copper cable from Tunisie Telecom's current network.
  • In total, 11 service providers are currently deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 Vectoring solutions while more than 40 have been involved in trials.

Nizar Bouguila, Chief Technology Officer of Tunisie Telecom said, "VDSL2 vectoring technology will allow us to quickly deliver advanced broadband services to meet our customers’ growing demands for more innovative, better quality and more value added services. We are very pleased with the test results, which were achieved thanks to Alcatel-Lucent's great support.

Faical Haffoudhi, Country Manager of Alcatel-Lucent in Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania said: “VDSL2 Vectoring is really delivering on its promise of providing high-speed broadband to subscribers as quickly as possible. Tunisie Telecom is clearly committed to doing exactly this for its customers. Their test of our VDSL2 Vectoring solution shows that we have the technologies necessary to meet the growing broadband demands of customers throughout Tunisia.”

About Tunisie Telecom

Positioned as the Tunisian telecommunications market leader and one of the pioneers among the major operators in the region, Tunisie Telecom is the integrated incumbent operator in the country.  The company markets a full range of fixed, mobile and Internet data transmission services.

It offers tailor-made products and services to residential customers, small businesses and large corporations, as well as third party operators. It is also the only operator in the country providing domestic inter-operators connections.

Building on heavy investments in modern infrastructure, leading-edge high-speed broadband technologies (FO, IP MPLS, 3G) and a broadband global connectivity, Tunisie Telecom core values focus on proximity to customers, accessibility and innovation in favor of international standards quality service and better customer relationship.

Thus, Tunisie Telecom has always been the first to launch innovative services by anticipating its customers' needs and exceeding their expectations.  For further information, please visit Tunisie Telecom’s website: external linkwww.tunisietelecom.tn

Press contacts Tunisia Telecom:

M Moez Hassan                            moez.hassan@tunisietelecom.tn                 T : +216 98 37 11 00

Mme Kaouther Khlifi                      kaouther.khlifi@tunisietelecom.tn                T : +216  98 58 26 83

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

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.

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