Kuala Lumpur, June 18, 2007 – Alcatel-Lucent (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has been named the 2007 Next Generation (NGN) Infrastructure Vendor of the Year in Asia Pacific by global growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan. This is the third time Alcatel-Lucent has received the prestigious award which recognizes the exceptional growth that Alcatel-Lucent experienced in the area of NGN in 2006. The award was presented at the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards banquet, held in Singapore. Alcatel-Lucent also received this award in 2004 and 2006.
The Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards are held annually to recognize companies and individuals that have pushed the boundaries of excellence – rising above the competition and demonstrating outstanding performance across the region. This year, 26 awards were conferred to some of Asia Pacific’s leading information and communications technology (ICT) companies.
Sin Siew Teyew, director of telecoms at Frost & Sullivan, said, “Alcatel-Lucent’s positioning as the ‘network integrator’ in a converged IT and telecoms environment puts them at the forefront in providing end-to-end next-generation solutions that encompass the entire NGN transformation value chain of business transformation, network transformation and service transformation – otherwise known as NGN 2.0.”
Alcatel-Lucent offers a comprehensive set of solutions ideally positioned to help operators navigate the critical and complex transformation of their core networks providing a clear path to an intelligent, service-aware and converged environment. Alcatel-Lucent’s NGN portfolio helps fixed and mobile service providers control costs by enabling a staged migration from today’s circuit-based PSTN to a full packet-based network. By combining leading and field-proven NGN and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) technology, the Alcatel-Lucent solution allows service providers to quickly develop, test, and launch innovative new user-centric applications – independent of the access technology, enabling service providers to minimize customer churn and generate additional new service revenues from new services.
With more than 245 fixed and mobile customers, including the delivery of new services to more than 55 million mobile subscribers, Alcatel-Lucent is engaged in more than 20 large transformation projects globally, including KPN, Telstra, AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and China Netcom.
“This award is a testimony to the leadership position that Alcatel-Lucent is taking in the NGN market,” said Frédéric Rose, President of Alcatel-Lucent Asia Pacific activities. “Alcatel-Lucent will continue to leverage this leadership to help our customers transform and introduce service innovation into their networks while cost-effectively migrating their installed customer base.”
All nominees were evaluated on a variety of actual market performance indicators for financial year 2006, including revenue growth, market share and growth in market share, leadership in product innovation, breadth of products and solutions, major customer acquisitions, and business and market strategy. A team of Frost & Sullivan’s leading analysts and consultants based across the region were involved in the short listing, evaluation and research process. The findings of the detailed examination were then presented to a panel of independent judges comprising influential personalities in the Asia Pacific ICT industry.