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TMCNet:  Alcatel-Lucent 4G LTE broadband to support innovation and productivity at Rio Tinto's iron ore operations

[December 10, 2012]

Alcatel-Lucent 4G LTE broadband to support innovation and productivity at Rio Tinto's iron ore operations

Dec 10, 2012 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Alcatel-Lucent (EuronextParis and NYSE: ALU) has been selected by Rio Tinto, a leading internationalmining group, to implement next generation wireless technology to support itsexisting operations and future business needs.



Alcatel-Lucent will enhance the speed and capacity of existing criticalcommunications infrastructure for Rio Tinto in Western Australia, extending itfurther with 4G LTE and fibre-optic technologies. The enhanced connectivitywill support the fast delivery of high-bandwidth data for in-pit miningoperations, including asset monitoring and other production and safetysystems.

Alcatel-Lucent will provide Rio Tinto with a complete end-to-end private 4G LTE network at its West Angelasmine in the Pilbara, the first of its kind in the mining sector. It will alsoprovide a fibre backbone platform and network management solutions, as well asa range of professional services.

Rio Tinto has set industry-leading standards for innovation and newtechnology in mining and has advanced expansion plans to grow its Pilbaraoperations to 353 million tonnes by 2015.

Sean O'Halloran, President and Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent Australiasaid: "Rio Tinto is at the cutting edge of digital service innovation anddeployment, driving new levels of productivity and efficiency. This is thefirst deployment of its kind and is a result of a collaborative and interactiveprocess with Rio Tinto. It will provide a strong foundation for any futurerollouts of private LTE networks to enhance operations at otherlocations." The Pilbara region covers a large remote area in the north of WesternAustralia. It contains some of the world's oldest rock formations and mostsignificant iron ore reserves, and is a significant contributor to Australia'sstrategic natural resources sector.

About Alcatel-Lucent's solution for Rio Tinto Alcatel-Lucent will provide Rio Tinto with a complete end-to-end private 4G LTE network, comprising radioaccess network (RAN) products including distributed eNodeB base stationsoperating at 1800MHz, as well as its Evolved PacketCore and Mobile Backhaul capabilities using the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio . Alcatel-Lucent is also providing dense wavedivision multiplexing (DWDM) technology on its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform, which has the ability tosupport speeds of up to 100G (100 gigabits per second) to meet growing datademand into the future. The network will be managed by the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) network management solution.

Alcatel-Lucent will also provide Rio Tinto with its leading professionalservices expertise including project management, design, test and maintenanceof the solution.

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governmentsaround the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field ofnetworking and communications technology, products and services. The company ishome to Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost research centers, responsiblefor breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry.Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology Review's 2012 Top 50 list of the"World's Most Innovative Companies" for breakthroughs such as lightRadio(TM),which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks whiledelivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations,Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable andmore accessible as we pursue our mission - Realizing the Potential of aConnected World.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experiencedglobal services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a localpartner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billionin 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com , read the latest posts on theAlcatel-Lucent blog: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow the Companyon Twitter: http://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent .

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