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Alcatel-Lucent collaborates with Telstra Corporation to launch mobile TV testing facility in Australia

Alcatel-Lucent’s first facility outside France for mobile TV will offer best-in-class handset validation and porting

Paris, June 10 2008 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), in cooperation with Telstra Corporation, today announced the opening of a mobile TV handset testing service centre in Melbourne, Australia.

The facility was developed to support Telstra’s Mobile FOXTEL® TV service and will help ensure that Alcatel-Lucent’s MiTV application and the Mobile FOXTEL® service are compatible with and operate smoothly on the handsets that Telstra offers to its customers.

The first Alcatel-Lucent facility of its kind outside of France, the centre represents a key step forward in bringing mobile TV-ready handsets to market quickly, dramatically reducing delivery time from up to three months to just 15 days.

Seen as key to ensuring the reliability and availability of new applications, the facility will test up to 100 UMTS 3G-enabled handset models a 2022 including models from the all the major manufacturers to ensure their compatibility and suitability for the network and the anticipated applications and services to be offered. Testing will involve Streamezzo, which supplies a rich media client software application to support Alcatel-Lucent’s MiTV application and Mobile FOXTEL service on the handsets being offered by Telstra.

“Bringing mobile interactive TV to Australians over our next-generation network is one of the exciting new services that we offering our customers and it’s one of our key priorities,” said Jim More, Telstra Executive Director, Network Engineering. “This latest collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent means we are able to respond to the increasing popularity of Mobile FOXTEL® and meet the rising demand for television capable handsets.”

The opening of the centre in Melbourne has meant the establishment of a dedicated local services team run by Alcatel-Lucent to spearhead the terminal introduction process. Previous testing had been done in overseas operational centres, and the move to bring the service to Australia illustrates Telstra’s and Alcatel-Lucent’s commitment to growing Australia’s digital future.

“Alcatel-Lucent recognises that the key to building a sustainable mobile service in Australia is the ability to support Telstra’s unique and specific handset requirements,” said Andrew Butterworth, VP of Alcatel-Lucent Australasian Services Business Group. “To this end, our mobile TV handset testing process is designed to handle Telstra’s specific end-to-end mobile service requirements.”

This local centre service will give Telstra the flexibility to handle peak handset introduction periods in a much more economical manner. Furthermore, the dedicated team will expedite fault resolution, resulting in a significant additional reduction in time to market. In the future, the centre will also provide testing service for other mobile service providers in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We are very proud of our relationship with Telstra and believe the establishment of an Australian testing and service centre will prove to be a sustainable advantage for Telstra in deploying mobile TV-ready handsets into the market,” Butterworth added.

Earlier this 2022 Telstra was short-listed for the ‘Best Mobile Video Service’ category for its Mobile Interactive TV (MiTV) at the Global Mobile Awards, part of Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona. The MiTV service was designed and implemented by Alcatel-Lucent and Accenture.

About Telstra
Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, with one of the best known brands in the country. Telstra offers a full range of services and competes in all telecommunications markets throughout Australia, providing 9.6 million Australian fixed line and more than 9.3 million mobile services. Telstra’s network and systems infrastructure underpins the carriage and termination of the majority of Australia’s domestic and international voice and data telephony traffic. Telstra owns 50% of FOXTEL®, and its international businesses include CSL New World Mobility Group, Hong Kong’s leading mobile operator, TelstraClear Limited, the second largest full service carrier in New Zealand and Reach Ltd, a provider of global connectivity and international voice and satellite services, as well as SouFun Holdings Limited, a leading real estate and furnishings website in China. For more information, visit Telstra on the Internet:

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprise 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 revenues of Euro 17.8 billion in 2007 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:

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