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Belgacom and Alcatel-Lucent on track to deliver dedicated speed of 50 Mbps to a large majority of the Belgian population

Large-scale customer trials with VDSL2 Vectoring technology to start by end-2012

Brussels and Amsterdam (Broadband World Forum), October 17, 2012 – Belgacom, Belgium’s largest telecommunications services provider, and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) are well on track to deliver the next generation VDSL2 broadband network to a large majority of Belgian households, leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 Vectoring technology. Tests of the new VDSL2 Vectoring technology are confirming that it delivers on its promise of realizing significantly higher broadband speeds over Belgacom’s existing telephone lines, offering a dedicated speed of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) to a vast majority of customers, along with a guaranteed high quality video experience.

Today Belgacom’s VDSL2 network – supplied by Alcatel-Lucent – already delivers a dedicated speed of 30 Mbps to the vast majority of customers, and a high quality HDTV experience to more than 83% of the households, making Belgium one of the world’s leading broadband nations, with more than one million active VDSL2 customers. Thanks to its early and continuous investment in fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and to the successive innovations in DSL technology, Belgacom has brought Belgium into the top two of European countries in terms of broadband coverage and penetration, according to analysts [1]. Last year, Belgacom and Alcatel-Lucent announced their partnership to jointly develop the next generation VDSL2 System Level Vectoring technology – in order to achieve the targets set by the European Union’s Digital Agenda and to provide its customers with a truly premium broadband service experience.

Belgacom has clearly expressed and confirms its plan for a nationwide upgrade of its large VDSL2 network.

Over the past twelve months, Belgacom and Alcatel-Lucent have been working with key industry partners such as the home gateways manufacturers Sagemcom and Technicolor, and chipset developers Broadcom and Ikanos to prepare jointly an “operationally ready” end-to-end solution. The collaboration inside this eco-system will allow Belgacom to achieve a complete solution, taking into account the operational aspects of an existing network and to realize a massive and smooth deployment of the new technology, at a national scale. Furthermore the Belgian regulator BIPT, the other services providers and Belgacom have also jointly worked out a regulatory framework that will ensure the emergence of an open and evolutive next generation VDSL2 network in Belgium. With all of this in place, Belgacom will now engage in large scale trials within its operational network.

Geert Standaert, Executive Vice President Service Delivery Engine, Belgacom explains: “Belgacom has always played a pioneering role in the industry. Since 2003, we have pursued a comprehensive Fiber-to-the-Cabinet and VDSL strategy, with currently tens of thousands of optical street cabinets bringing high speed broadband to our customers. One year ago, we were the first to announce our VDSL2 Vectoring plans as an extension to this strategy; today, we can proudly confirm that we are well on track to engage in a mass rollout of VDSL2 Vectoring throughout the country.”

Luc Defieuw, VP CIS, North, Central and Eastern Europe at Alcatel-Lucent says: “In the last year, numerous service providers around the world have followed Belgacom’s leading example, looking into VDSL2 Vectoring to deliver higher bandwidths to more subscribers over their existing copper infrastructure. Leveraging the results from VDSL2 Vectoring trials with more than 20 service providers, we have shown that Vectoring delivers on its promise. We are proud to partner with Belgacom to now bring VDSL2 Vectoring from innovation to mass deployment.”

Alcatel-Lucent and VDSL2 Vectoring

Alcatel-Lucent is at the forefront of VDSL2 Vectoring – both in terms of technology innovation and commercial deployments. Alcatel-Lucent was the first to announce a commercially-available VDSL2 Vectoring solution in September 2011, and has a track record of 6 commercial VDSL2 Vectoring contracts to date, and trials with more than 20 service providers around the world. Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 Vectoring technology builds on the company’s ISAM family, which has already been deployed by more than 250 service providers, and supports more than 90 VDSL2 projects. Please visit our campaign pages to find out how operators can Get To Fast, Faster with VDSL2 Vectoring.

[1] Webinar “FTTx roll-out and capex forecasts”, 2012–2017”, 25 April 2012, Rupert Wood, Analysys Mason

About Belgacom:

The Belgacom Group [Euronext: BELG]. Drawing on its solid experience as Belgium’s national telecom operator and the multiple talents of its teams, the Belgacom Group is the main provider of integrated telecommunication services in Belgium. Thanks to its continuous investments in cutting-edge technology, Belgacom is able to offer its private and professional customers telephony, Internet and television services around the clock, irrespective of location and the access device used. For the fiscal year ending 31 December 2011, the Group posted a total revenue of €6,406 million and a net operating profit before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of €1,912 million.

Belgacom Press contacts:

Jan Margot : +32 2 202 85 01 or+32 475 58 5l0 37

Frédérique Verbiest : +32 2 202 99 26 or +32 479 26 09 45

Haroun Fenaux : +32 2 202 48 67 ou +32 476 60 03 33

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 was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 2012 Top 50 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission – Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion in 2011 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: http://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent.

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