PARIS, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been selected by Unitech Wireless to support the initial launch of the company's GSM/EDGE mobile service offering. Alcatel Lucent will deploy turn-key GSM/EDGE networks in Kerala and Orissa circles.

Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will design, deploy and maintain its industry-leading multi-standard GSM/EDGE radio access solution including its latest Base Station Controller platform and TWIN transceivers, along with a next-generation network (NGN) mobile core network. Alcatel-Lucent will build out Unitech Wireless' network and provide operations management under a comprehensive management services contract. As part of the contract Alcatel-Lucent will offer a range of services including project management, network design, integration, testing, installation, multi-vendor radio network planning and optimization and network management.

We thank Unitech Wireless for their confidence and are looking forward to strengthen our ongoing partnership as we deploy, maintain, manage and grow their network, said Vivek Mohan, Managing Director, Alcatel-Lucent India. Our leadership in the rapid delivery of the latest generation of GSM/EDGE radio solutions, and ability to provide quick and seamless support for future evolutions to 3G and beyond, puts us in a unique position to support Unitech Wireless' ambitious rollout plans.

This new project underlines Alcatel-Lucent's strong presence in the Indian mobile networking market as well as its ability to provide competitive solutions while ensuring a high quality of support services locally.

We look forward to launching our services in Kerala Orissa and meeting the growing demand for mobile services in India. We are confident that their solution and local services capabilities makes Alcatel-Lucent a good choice for Unitech Wireless, said Rohit Chandra, COO Unitech Wireless.

Alcatel-Lucent is a leading player in the GSM/EDGE global market with more than 190 customers in over 100 countries. It is also a global leader in providing network integration, multi-vendor maintenance, and network optimization services.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions that to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:

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