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    Alcatel-Lucent and Bharti Airtel appoint CEO of their managed services joint venture for broadband and telephone service
    Alcatel-Lucent & Bharti Airtel appoint CEO of their managed services joint venture for broadband & telephone services
    New Delhi, August 19, 2009 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Bharti Airtel Limited, Asia’s leading integrated telecom services provider today announced the appointment of Arnaud Soubelet as the CEO of their joint venture Alcatel-Lucent Network Management Services India Ltd (ALNMSI).

    The joint venture will manage Bharti Airtel’s pan India wireline broadband and telephone services. It will also support their transition to next generation networks (NGN) to offer advanced services like high-speed internet, triple play, media-rich value-added services, MPLS, virtual private networks (VPN) for both retail and business customers of Airtel. The new entity which began pan India operations on August 1st with 4,000 employees, is headquartered in NCR (National Capital Region).

    “I am delighted to be part of Alcatel-Lucent Network Managed Services India. This joint venture is a landmark being the first managed services operations for fixed networks in India”, said Arnaud Soubelet, CEO ALNMSI. “This is a great step towards transforming Bharti Airtel’s network to next generation IP technology while improving the quality of service. By driving superior service for Bharti Airtel’s customers, we are looking to establish the new joint venture as the reference for wireline managed services and IP transformation.”

    Arnaud Soubelet began his career with Alcatel-Lucent in 1988. Over the last 20 years, he has held several key assignments in France, Latin America, Greece, Egypt and India across sales, enterprises and managed services. Arnaud holds post graduate degrees in business administration and business law from the Sorbonne University in Paris.

    Alcatel-Lucent operates more than 80 networks on behalf of service providers around the world, covering more than 180 million subscribers, and enjoying a leadership position in multi-technology and multi-vendor Managed 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: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

    About Bharti Airtel Limited: Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is Asia’s leading integrated telecom services provider with operations in India and Sri Lanka and an aggregate of over 108 million customers as of end of July 2009, consisting of 105.18 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been ranked among six best performing technology companies in the world by BusinessWeek.

    Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units - Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. The mobile business offers services in India and Sri Lanka. The Telemedia business provides broadband, IPTV and telephone services in 95 cities. The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s national high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 104,540 Rkms covering all the major cities in India. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit