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(12.07.12) Bulgaria’s Vivacom brings its customers an exceptional video and Internet experience with Alcatel-Lucent broadband access solution

Using Alcatel-Lucent's GPON solution, Vivacom will help Bulgaria meet the European Union's Digital Agenda goals for next-generation broadband access

Sofia, Paris, July 12 2012 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Vivacom, Bulgaria's leading communications services provider, are upgrading the operator's broadband network to bring subscribers video, voice and data services comparable to the best available throughout the European Union.

To meet the goals of the EU's Digital Agenda for next generation broadband access, Vivacom is deploying Alcatel-Lucent's gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution. In addition to providing  1 000 000 Bulgarian households with higher connection speeds as well as increased service reliability, the service provider will also benefit from a reduction in operating costs. 

Bulgaria supports the EU's Digital Agenda which has set goals of providing speeds of 100 Mbps to half of European households and 30 Mbps to all European households by 2020. The large increase in available broadband speeds is necessary to support faster download and upload speeds coming from high-definition video, 3D television and interactive gaming, multimedia communication, public online services, machine-to-machine communications, and user-created content. Vivacom will be providing 100 Mbps to customers in the cities of Sofia, Varna and Plovdiv in 2012 - with additional cities to follow.

Bernard Moscheni, Vivacom CEO said: "Vivacom is successfully implementing its program for network development, focused on guaranteeing a better customer experience as well as supporting Bulgaria in meeting its commitments to the European Union. Our partnership with Alcatel-Lucent - one of the leaders in this domain - will enable us to improve our product and services offerings to our customers."

Luc Patie, Alcatel-Lucent Director in Bulgaria said: "As the worldwide leader in fixed broadband access, supporting the largest mass deployments of video, voice and data services, Alcatel-Lucent will bring best practices and solid experience to support Vivacom in continuing to upgrade its network."

Alcatel-Lucent is providing Vivacom with its industry-leading Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) product family - including the Alcatel-Lucent 7302 ISAM - a cornerstone of Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage NetworkTM architecture. Visit our website to find out how Alcatel-Lucent is delivering faster broadband across the globe with a full toolkit of fiber and advanced copper solutions to "get to fast, faster".