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Alcatel-Lucent participates in a national effort to raise Singapore’s interactive media capabilities

Singapore, February 11, 2009 — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the first corporation to participate in a new Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for interactive and digital media professionals rolled out by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). The programme aims to partner global Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) industry leaders to develop and convert the right talents needed to grow Singapore’s interactive and digital media capabilities across various platforms including IPTV, mobile TV, and interactive digital TV (IDTV). This initiative will generate the talent pool required to support the growth and roll out of such services, not only in Singapore but throughout Asia Pacific.

The programme complements the IPTV competency center set up in 2006 by Alcatel-Lucent and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to train IPTV technology specialists for the region and for incubation of new technology. The IPTV competency center is co-located with Alcatel-Lucent’s IP transformation centre (IPTC), a regional base to help telecom operators in their network transformation. The training scheme leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership in IPTV with more than 6 million subscribers and over 50 service provider supported worldwide across its various platforms.

The initiative also supports the expected development of IPTV in Asia Pacific. According to Industry Analyst Frost & Sullivan*, IPTV subscriber base would reach 22.4 millions by the end of 2013 while Gartner** expects Asia Pacific IPTV revenue to reach USD 3.5 billion in 2012, with number of subscriptions forecast to grow from 6.5 millions in 2008 to 18.7 millions in 2012.Of the 13 countries of the Asia-Pacific region, eight had commercial IPTV services in 2007, while the rest are conducting trials for expected deployments in 2009 onwards.

“With high growth rates in IPTV subscriptions projected over the coming years, this is an excellent time to ramp up Singapore’s interactive and digital media capabilities, and we feel the time is right to offer the best and brightest industry talents the opportunity to lead this transformation.” said Oliver Foo, Managing Director, Singapore and Brunei, Alcatel-Lucent.

Over the next few months, Alcatel-Lucent will reach out to professionals in the digital media industry who are willing to play a pivotal role in the next phase of IPTV development in Singapore. A group of apprentices will be selected by Alcatel-Lucent and WDA to undergo a 12-month training program, during which they will be mentored by experts from Alcatel-Lucent and the Singapore Media Academy (SMA).

SMA has been appointed by WDA as the Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centre for the media industry, managing the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for interactive and digital media professionals. The apprentices will focus on experimenting with and creating different types of IPTV experiences, all enabled by new IPTV platforms and technologies.

“The tough economic climate has actually brought employers and government agencies like WDA closer together to seek out more win-win propositions. Growth industries still need to build their talent pool while Singaporeans need to seek out new job opportunities. WDA hopes to see more industry players follow the lead of Alcatel-Lucent in capitalising on the funding support under SPUR to build their talent pool to ride the next wave of growth and development,” said Ms Lynn Ng, Director, Community and Professional Services Division, WDA.

The PCP taps on funding support from the Skills Programme for Upgrading and Resilience (SPUR), which seeks to assist employers manage the downturn and defray costs of training to up-skill workers. The programme will include on-the-job training for which participants will receive a monthly training stipend.Upon completing the training programme, the apprentices will be given the nationally-recognised Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) certifications and offered the opportunity to join the R&D teams at Alcatel-Lucent’s IPTV development centre in Singapore.

* Frost & Sullivan, IPTV Business Case: The Blue-Ocean Still Murky in Parts, 30 September 2008

** Gartner, Forecast: IPTV Subscribers and Service Revenue, Worldwide, 2006-2012, 10 September 2008

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:

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