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Press Release -- January 22nd, 2014
Source: Alcatel-Lucent
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Alcatel-Lucent and Interchange to deliver ultra-broadband connectivity linking Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea

New undersea cable system spanning more than 3000km will reduce the digital divide in the Pacific and builds on the start of commercial service on the Vanuatu-Fiji system.

PTC, Honolulu, January 22, 2014 –Interchange Limited, a Vanuatu-based company, is expanding its undersea infrastructure with a new cable system spanning more than 3000km that will link the Pacific islands of Vanuatu, the Solomons and Papua New Guinea). The new system will use Alcatel-Lucent’s submarine technology to deliver ultra-broadband access capability, to underpin the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable economic and social growth.

The new system will connect Port Vila, Vanuatu, to Port Moresby, PNG, with branches to Luganville, Vanuatu, and Honiara in the Solomon islands. Initially operating at 40 gigabit-per-second (Gbit/s) speeds and offering an ultimate design capacity of 1.2 terabit-per-seconds, the system will increase Internet speeds for new and existing service providers to support the deployment of applications for e-healthcare, e-education, Government communications and tourism while further strengthening Vanuatu’s competitive position as an e-business hub.

Simon Fletcher, CEO of Interchange, said: ”Fast and easy connections to everything and all the time is a critical demand whether it comes from video entertainment, cloud-based business applications or access to more basic health care applications from remote areas. With the help of Alcatel-Lucent’s submarine technology, this new undersea cable system further help remove the current dependence on satellite and further encourage the introduction of new services and applications affordably available to everyone. Interchange is committed to a better future for Melanesia by offering nation-building telecommunications technologies and infrastructure to communities throughout the entire region.”

Philippe Dumont, President, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said: ”Undersea cable systems are critical enablers for reliable connectivity and it is well documented that cost-effective access to broadband fosters social and economic development for the more isolated geographies. We are pleased to continue our cooperation with Interchange in this innovative new project which clearly shows the need for connectivity is still a priority for many geographies and island communities in the Pacific.”

This new system will complement the 1,259km external linkVanuatu-Fiji undersea cable system, Vanuatu’s first international submarine cable link between Port Vila and Suva in Fiji that will commence commercial  operation this month.

About Interchange Limited

Interchange Limited (“Interchange”), is a Vanuatu based company and the owner and operator of ICN1 subsea cable linking Port Vila to Fiji, completed in January 2014. For more information visit Interchange on: external linkhttp://www.interchange.vu

ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)

Alcatel-Lucent is at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, enterprises and institutions throughout the world.

Underpinning Alcatel-Lucent in driving the industrial transformation from voice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and information is Bell Labs, an integral part of Alcatel-Lucent and one of the world’s foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent innovations have resulted in the company being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MIT Technology Review as amongst 2012’s Top 50 “World’s Most Innovative Companies”. Alcatel-Lucent has also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, being named Industry Group Leader for Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the company’s mission to realize the potential of a connected world.

With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2012, Alcatel-Lucent is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges (Euronext and NYSE: ALU). The company is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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