Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs Officially Opens Research Centre in Ireland Facility leverages local collaborations and illustrates Lucent's commitment

to European operations.



    DUBLIN, IRELAND, March 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lucent Technologies'
 (NYSE:   LU) Bell Labs today officially opened its new research centre, located
 in Lucent's Blanchardstown, Dublin, facility.  The new centre leverages Bell
 Labs' extensive global collaborative efforts with local universities and
 research institutions, and also illustrates Lucent's commitment to Ireland as
 a central component of our European operations.
     The Centre's opening was celebrated with an event hosted by Ireland's
 Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, T.D., and Bill O'Shea, president Bell Labs, and
 executive vice president Corporate Strategy and Business Development.
     Led by Lou Manzione, the Centre's Executive Director, researchers at the
 facility will focus on advancements in product realization, engineering,
 manufacturing and value and supply chain techniques, tools and technologies.
 Bell Labs' researchers will work in collaboration with nine leading Irish
 universities, technical institutes and the Irish government to advance the
 fields of product realization and supply chain technologies.  One example of
 such work is today's announcement that the Centre will head a new research
 project that aims to use nano-textured surfaces to solve the extreme thermal
 management challenges of advanced electronic and photonic systems.
     Already, the Centre has produced results, including: four patent
 applications underway with Irish universities; collaborations with corporate
 research organizations on projects in areas such as nanotechnology, electronic
 devices and mathematics research; more than a dozen visits from Irish faculty
 members to Bell Labs locations in the United States; and technical exchange
 visits here in Ireland with more than 40 Bell Labs scientists and engineers
 from locations around the world.
     "At the very heart of Bell Labs is our mission for creating knowledge,"
 said O'Shea.  "This endeavor in Ireland will not only build another chapter in
 Bell Labs' rich tradition of knowledge and innovation creation, but, more
 importantly, will greatly benefit Irish industry, academia and its people, by
 establishing new research programs that will directly address the core
 foundations for modern global competitiveness."
     The Centre also unveiled a new museum that commemorates Bell Labs'
 contributions to telecommunications technology, highlighting specific
 innovations in wired, wireless and optical communications.  Exhibits include
 replicas of the first transistor and the Telstar communications satellite, the
 earliest FAX machine and the first cordless phone.
     The Centre supports Lucent's global efforts to position research and
 development efforts close to our customers and leverage employee talent in
 local markets around the world.  Bell Labs anticipates that the centre will
 employ approximately 40 researchers when it is fully staffed, adding to
 Lucent's current total of 575 employees in Ireland.  At the same time, it will
 complement existing Bell Labs development efforts in Nuremberg, Germany;
 Madrid, Spain; Bydgoszcz, Poland; Swindon, England; and Hilversum, the
 Netherlands.  Lucent has in total about 5,000 employees across Europe; and is
 represented in all of the major European countries.
     "Bell Labs is admired throughout the world for its groundbreaking
 achievements in science and research that have truly shaped the way we live,"
 said Mike Devane, managing director for Lucent in Ireland.  "Locating a Bell
 Labs Research Centre in Ireland reflects the confidence we have in this
 country and further underpins Lucent's investment in Ireland."
 
     About the Bell Labs centre in Ireland
     The Bell Labs centre in Dublin will account for more than euro 43 million
 of the investments being made jointly by Bell Labs and IDA Ireland.  It acts
 as a corporate research headquarters that carries out its own programme of R&D
 and has a corporate mandate as a centre-of-excellence for value-chain-driven
 research. It researches and delivers in-depth knowledge and advanced
 technologies for the development of new product designs and manufacturing
 strategies for Lucent Technologies, a global leader in communications systems,
 services and software.  The centre concentrates on several strategic
 areas -- the creation of highly configurable hardware and software platforms
 for quicker time-to-market, supply chain flexibility and lowered development
 costs; manufacturing and engineering research in photonics, electronics and
 wireless technologies and systems; and research on advanced value-chain
 modelling and optimisation for next generation manufacturing operations.
 
     About Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies
     Bell Labs is the leading source of new communications technologies.  It
 has generated more than 30,000 patents since 1925 and has played a pivotal
 role in inventing or perfecting key communications technologies, including
 transistors, digital networking and signal processing, lasers and fiber-optic
 communications systems, communications satellites, cellular telephony,
 electronic switching of calls, touch-tone dialing, and modems.  Bell Labs
 scientists have received six Nobel Prizes in Physics, nine U.S. National
 Medals of Science and eight U.S. National Medals of Technology(R).  For more
 information about Bell Labs, visit its Web site at http://www.bell-labs.com.
 Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software
 that drive next-generation communications networks.  Backed by Bell Labs
 research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical,
 software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to
 create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling
 them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks.  Lucent's customer
 base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises
 worldwide.  For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has
 headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit http://www.lucent.com.
 
 

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