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Alcatel-Lucent’s Triple Play Express Solution Helps Regional Operators in North America Cost-Effectively Introduce IPTV

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ — TelcoTV — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today introduced its Triple Play Express (TPE) solution for Regional Operators, allowing them to drive incremental revenues, compete more effectively and position themselves for the future by cost-effectively providing state-of-the-art voice, data and IP video services to local and regional communities – all while building a foundation for the delivery of even more advanced IP-based applications.

Alcatel-Lucent’s TPE solution is tailored to regionally-focused operators, utilities and municipalities in North America, all of whom want to avoid installing a system that is too large, or too complex for their needs. Instead, they are looking for an end-to-end solution to quickly launch interactive TV services – fitting the size of their subscriber base, and providing them with the foundation for delivering other revenue-generating, IP-based applications at a later stage.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Triple Play Express is the first packaged end-to-end IP video solution that meets these stringent requirements. It takes advantage of Alcatel-Lucent’s market-leading experience in delivering integrated IPTV solutions and extends that to smaller operators. TPE is cost-effective starting with 5,000 IPTV subscribers and can be scaled up to 40,000 subscribers.

“With the attention created by the Broadband Stimulus program in the United States, the introduction of this solution – serving regional operators – couldn’t have been more timely,” says Teresa Mastrangelo, Principal Analyst at broadbandtrends. “Alcatel-Lucent’s TPE solution nicely complements a number of other initiatives the company has been taking recently, including the introduction of a program that helps US-based operators apply for broadband stimulus funding.”

“Triple Play Express not only leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s unsurpassed product and service portfolio and expertise; it builds on a wide ecosystem of experienced IPTV partners, and encompasses content licensing, management and distribution,” says Charles Marsh, Vice President of Sales for Major Accounts for Alcatel-Lucent’s Americas region. “This unique package directly addresses regional operators’ key concerns, and will help them serve millions of households that have been deprived of IPTV, and other advanced IP-based services, until now.”

The importance of broadband, especially for rural and underserved markets, has never been more apparent than it is today. While the Broadband Stimulus program from the US government can help offset capital expenditures for those applicants fortunate enough to receive funding, delivering a compelling service to the marketplace that produces a sustainable business model for the operator can be a challenge. Alcatel-Lucent’s Triple Play Express solution addresses exactly that challenge.

Alcatel-Lucent has been involved in more than 60 triple play service deployments and 40 IP transformation projects worldwide, leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s extensive field experience and lab investments in six next-generation IP Transformation Centers (IPTCs) as well as a dedicated IPTV Network Solution Integration & Testing lab (NSIT) to reduce time to market and mitigate deployment risk. Alcatel-Lucent is a recognized leader in IPTV, occupying a top position in IPTV access and middleware solutions delivery worldwide – according to the most recent MRG IPTV Market Leaders Report (October 2009). Alcatel-Lucent currently supports more than 5 million IPTV subscribers on service provider networks around the globe, representing more than 18 percent of IPTV subscribers worldwide.

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