Manx Telecom Taps Alcatel-Lucent's IMS Solution to Create a Single Powerful Unified Multimedia Network

New Network Will Deliver Consumers and Businesses a Rich Range of Voice, Video, and Broadband Data Services

Mar 31, 2011, 09:00 ET from Alcatel-Lucent

PARIS, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris et NYSE : ALU) today announced that Manx Telecom Ltd., on the Isle of Man in the British Isles, is deploying its End-to-End IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) to address today's end user demand for seamless access to voice, data and multimedia services. The solution will create one unified network by which Manx Telecom can deliver rich broadband services to consumers and enterprises anywhere, anytime and over any device.

Alcatel-Lucent's industry leading IMS solution allows Manx Telecom to modernize its existing fixed network with an IP-based architecture to provide subscribers with VoIP over narrow or broadband access, while also simplifying operations and lowering costs. By overlaying broadband, Manx can deliver enhanced voice services to subscribers across devices and networks and give consumers and business users the ability to personalize services.

"With Alcatel-Lucent's IMS solution, we now have a single, scalable platform that can offer multiple customer services with integrated management to deliver the enhanced services being demanded today and prepare for the services that people will seek tomorrow," said Mike Loundes, CTO of Manx Telecom. "This is a key milestone in the deployment of our network which is one of the biggest technology investments the Isle of Man has ever seen, and enables us to fully optimize our network assets to differentiate Manx Telecom in the marketplace."

Alcatel-Lucent's IMS solution also supports the Global System Mobile Association's (GSMA's) Rich Communication Suite enabling Manx Telecom to unify messaging across mobile handsets and the web to improve communication and collaboration. These capabilities include: unified network address book; presence; multimedia instant messaging (including SMS, text and video) and image sharing to extend service offerings into the Internet domain.

"Manx Telecom's deployment of our IMS solution enables the rapid and economical addition of new subscriber services that can be easily scaled to meet customer demand," said Adolfo Hernandez, president of Alcatel-Lucent's activities for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "It ensures an optimal and seamless experience will be had by subscribers, while also generating new sources of service revenue for Manx Telecom and substantially lowering its Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)."

Alcatel-Lucent is a global leader in providing IMS solutions to service providers, with more than 70+ deployments and trials worldwide. It is also ranked #1 in IMS VoIP subscriber market share.

About Manx Telecom

- Manx Telecom is the largest telecommunications and Internet provider on the Isle of Man, offering a full range of fixed line, mobile, and data services to consumers and businesses.

- In addition, Manx Telecom offers a world class data and disaster recovery facility at the only purpose built Data Centre on the Isle of Man. The Data Centre provides business continuity, simple co-location, managed hosting services, or full e-commerce platforms, for companies who operate on a global scale.

- Manx Telecom has invested over GBP25 million designing and building a Next Generation Network (NGN) to offer its personal and business customers on the Isle of Man the ability to access and manipulate voice, data, television, and video, on one seamless converged network - the first community in the world to be able to do so.

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE : ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.

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 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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