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Alcatel-Lucent: Virtual presence latest addition to suite of new media services delivering enhanced coverage and content
[June 01, 2007]

Alcatel-Lucent: Virtual presence latest addition to suite of new media services delivering enhanced coverage and content

(M2 PressWIRE Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)

Valencia - As the official New Media Provider of the 32nd America's
Cup, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it
has expanded into the virtual realm with the opening of Port
AmericasCupAnywhere on Second Life , the 3D virtual world phenomena
entirely built and owned by its residents. Coinciding with the final
round of sailing competition beginning today in Valencia, Spain, the
announcement follows Alcatel-Lucent's launch earlier this spring of
AmericasCupAnywhere, a unique suite of new media services which enable
sailing fans globally to enjoy all of the sailing action whenever and
wherever they want via the Internet and mobile devices.

At Port AmericasCupAnywhere, Second Life residents can watch live
animated coverage of the sailing competition and access daily archives
of racing action. Providing an exciting new venue for Second Life
residents to learn about the technology and tactics of America's Cup
racing, Port AmericasCupAnywhere is also hosting a virtual regatta for
the Second Life sailing community, allowing residents to take the helm
of an America's Cup class boat in virtual fleet and match racing.

Linking the real and virtual worlds, Port AmericasCupAnywhere also
includes demonstrations of Alcatel-Lucent's enhanced portfolio of
AmericasCupAnywhere new media services which are providing video and 3D
animation and gaming coverage of the 32nd America's Cup for sailing
enthusiasts from more than 150 countries during the 2007 regattas.

The new media services, available online at external link , include fan favourites:

* America's Cup Live Sailing (Internet)

Enabling subscribers to watch the races live and virtual, and offers
live 3D animations of every race in a fully interactive web experience
that includes mouse-controlled camera angles/zoom and is accessible
anywhere there is an Internet connection on any computer.

* America's Cup Live Sailing (Mobile)

The award-winning America's Cup Live Sailing for mobiles which provides
fully interactive viewing of every race wherever you are from your
mobile handset. Live Sailing is offered for all major
GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS handset makes and models.

* America's Cup Internet TV

Providing on-demand Internet video coverage of the 32nd America's Cup
direct to PC and Mac at home, in the office or on the road including
daily video news, daily feature magazines, America's Cup Stories
(background features) and other America's Cup background material.

* America's Cup Virtual Skipper

32nd America's Cup - The Game, Powered by Virtual Skipper 5 including
America's Cup and Louis Vuitton Cup racing featuring 32nd America's Cup
teams modelled and animated to perfection and hyper-realistic modelled
ports include Valencia, Host City of the 32nd America's Cup.

* America's Cup Podcasts

Offering daily podcast news coverage of the 32nd America's Cup.

"Leveraging a sports event like the America's Cup that has a history of
innovation has provided Alcatel-Lucent a unique world stage to
demonstrate the power of convergent applications and services to
reshape the delivery of information and content," said Marc Rouanne,
President of Alcatel-Lucent's convergence activities. "Alcatel-Lucent's
role as the Official New Media Provider has not only allowed us to
showcase innovative new media services but to further build our
understanding of the end-user experience and how content enablement
translates into new business models and value chains. This real-world
expertise ideally positions Alcatel-Lucent to help our customers take
advantage of exciting new business opportunities as the industry moves
toward a truly converged communications environment."

With more than 900 convergence customers around the world,
Alcatel-Lucent is a leading supplier of next generation network
technologies and applications that enable the delivery of personalized,
blended multimedia services across different networks (mobile, fixed,
and enterprise) and devices. The company is committed to creating added
value for their customers as they transform their networks, to deliver
innovative voice and multimedia communication solutions that are as
easy to use as a television or mobile phone.

About Second Life and Linden Lab

Second Life is a 3D online world with a rapidly growing population from
100 countries around the globe, in which the Residents themselves
create and build the world, which includes homes, vehicles, nightclubs,
stores, landscapes, clothing and games. The Second Life Grid is a
sophisticated development platform created by Linden Lab, a company
founded in 1999 by Philip Rosedale, to create a revolutionary new form
of shared 3D experience. The former CTO of RealNetworks, Rosedale
pioneered the development of many of today's streaming media
technologies, including RealVideo. In April 2003, noted software
pioneer Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corporation, was
named Chairman. In 2006, Philip Rosedale and Linden Lab received
WIRED's Rave Award for Innovation in Business. Based in San Francisco,
Linden Lab employs a senior team bringing together deep expertise in
physics, 3D graphics and networking. Note to editors: Second Life and
Linden Lab are registered trademarks of Linden Research, Inc.

About Alcatel-Lucent AmericasCupAnywhere

Alcatel-Lucent is an Official Partner and the Official New Media
Provider of the 32nd America's Cup, ensuring that the world's leading
sailing competition is at the forefront of communication and media
innovation. Alcatel-Lucent's AmericasCupAnywhere new media services
enable sailing fans around the world to enjoy 32nd America's Cup
sailing action like never before, whenever and wherever they want, on
their computers and mobile devices. AmericasCupAnywhere new media
services are available at external link
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About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that
enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to
deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a
leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP
technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the
end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for
people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than
130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The
company has the most experienced global services team in the industry,
and one of the largest research, technology and innovation
organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent
achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is
incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All
figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales]. For more
information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:
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