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Orcon selects Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix


Orcon selects Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix to deliver high-quality online video

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New Zealand’s Orcon selects Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix platform to deliver high-quality online video

Paris and Auckland, September 28, 2010 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been chosen by Orcon to improve the delivery and experience of Internet-based video to its customers.

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its next-generation Velocix Digital Media Delivery Platform in key centres across New Zealand, allowing Orcon to offer broadcasters, content distributors and web-site owners a faster and more efficient connection to broadband users across multiple networks and devices including PCs, mobiles and TVs. The Velocix platform will enable Orcon to cost-effectively meet the fast-growing demand for online video, as well as to open up new revenue opportunities.

“As video-on-demand and streaming TV web sites grow in popularity, the amount of online video watched by broadband users is growing at an incredible rate,” said Charlie Boyd, Head of Wholesale at Orcon. “By leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix infrastructure, we can offer content providers a local content delivery network (CDN) solution that meets their specific requirements, with the assurance of knowing its technology and services are proven by telcos and broadcasters around the world.

Jyoti Mahurkar-Thombre, Head of Alcatel-Lucent’s New Zealand operations said: “We are witnessing an explosion in data traffic over both fixed and mobile networks. As New Zealand moves towards a fibre-based ultra-fast broadband future, that exponential growth in online video will only continue.”

Paul Larbey, general manager of Velocix said: “Our aim is to work with Orcon to develop a high leverage network that can handle the extra demand efficiently while at the same time, creating the potential for new revenues by exposing the assets within the network in a secure way.”

The Velocix platform is a key element of Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage Network™ architecture - a fully converged, scalable, next generation, all-IP multiservice infrastructure that enables operators to deliver traffic more reliably, efficiently and at the lowest cost, while also leveraging the network to generate revenue from sophisticated managed services and applications.

About Orcon

Orcon provides calling and Internet services to both residential, business and wholesale customers around New Zealand. Orcon is the fastest growing telecommunications company in New Zealand and the winner of multiple awards, most recently the 2008 TUANZ Telecommunications Carrier of the Year award. Orcon was the first New Zealand telecommunications company to unbundle the local loop and is owned by Kordia: http://www.orcon.net.nz/

About Velocix

Velocix is a world leading provider of Digital Media Delivery Platforms, a new generation CDN (Content Delivery Network) designed to meet the rich media needs of the 21st century Internet. Velocix offers service providers one of the broadest and most innovative ranges of content delivery technologies in the industry, tailored specifically to delivering large media files that will continue to be the driving factor behind the exponential growth in consumer IP traffic. A wholly owned subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, Velocix was founded in 2003 in Cambridge, UK and is a leading authority and innovator in the field of digital content delivery over the Internet. The company has a proven track record of bringing unique and exciting technologies to market that provide intelligent digital media delivery, in particular for large multi-GB media assets: http://www.velocixcom/

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted transformation partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries such as defence, energy, healthcare, transportation,  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 15.2 billion in 2009 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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