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China Unicom Selects Alcatel-Lucent IP Service Routers for Nationwide Network Transformation
Jul 03, 2007 (06:07 AM EDT)

PARIS, July 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alcatel-Lucent today announced that its industry-leading IP routing solution has been selected by China Unicom, a leading mobile service provider in China, as the foundation of a nationwide network transformation. As a result, China Unicom will accelerate the delivery of IP-based premium voice, multimedia and VPN services. The network deployment will encompass 65 cities across 13 provinces in China and will be completed by the end of 2007. The project was secured through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent's flagship company in China.

The Alcatel-Lucent IP solution, based on its 7750 Service Router, will enable China Unicom to better serve its customers, as it expands its service offerings towards 3G. Alcatel-Lucent's solution will also support China Unicom's rapid increase in CDMA subscribers and newly-launched data services on its GPRS network. The solution provides massive scalability and critical Quality of Service features that support ever-growing bandwidth requirements and enable premium service delivery while simultaneously reducing operational complexity.

"Service providers are looking for solutions that provide a differentiating architecture to enable effective delivery of high quality next generation services," said Gerard Dega, President of Alcatel Shanghai Bell. "With our expertise in deploying state-of-the-art IP solutions, we will help China Unicom to satisfy its customers with the most flexible, scalable and highest quality IP services."

China Unicom joins a growing list of mobile operators who have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP solution including recent wins with Vodafone, Verizon and SFR. Alcatel-Lucent IP solutions have been selected by over 170 service providers in more than 65 countries, including China's major providers: China Mobile, China Telecom and China Netcom. During the first quarter of 2007, Alcatel-Lucent reinforced its #2 position in IP/MPLS edge garnering 20% of the market according to Ovum-RHK, and is the fastest-growing edge router vendor in the Asia-Pacific region.

About China Unicom

China United Telecommunication Corporation Ltd. (China Unicom) was established in 1994 and became a listed company on Hong Kong and New York Stock Exchanges on June 21 and 22, 2000. Currently, it is the only fixed and mobile telecom service provider in China. Its business scope has been extended from cellular, paging to toll, long distance as well as data/Internet services. China Unicom is the only CDMA service provider in China.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:

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