By Alcatel-Lucent Press Release

Paris and Madrid – Iberbanda has deployed with the support of its technology partner Alcatel-Lucent (Paris: Euronext and NYSE: ALU) its first pilot network using WiMAX 802.16-e (Rev-e) wireless broadband technology.

A specially equipped bus is being driven around Iberbanda's R&D center in Malaga testing mobile Internet access and other services such as voice over IP or video surveillance. The bus is equipped with video cameras, screens, phones and PCs so that visitors can experience this advanced wireless technology.

“Iberbanda is a WiMAX service provider of reference and offering our customers the most advanced and useful WiMax-e services available is no doubt an unavoidable step for us,” said Carlos de Castro, Iberbanda Sales Director. “This year will be our starting point to extend our product and services offering for a market launch. We expect to ensure that our customers have the ability to take full advantage of this state-of-the-art technology.”

Iberdanda's pilot consists of several demonstrations, including Internet navigation, VoIP telephony, videoconference, private networks and video surveillance, all while the bus is moving. This pilot will validate simultaneous use of a WiMAX network by a variety of applications based on the technology capabilities and the assignment of differentiated priorities in the radio interface for the different services.

In December 2008, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it was refocusing its WiMAX R&D efforts on the technology's key market opportunity, enhanced wireless DSL (digital subscriber line), which includes data-centric mobility usage on netbooks and mobile Internet devices as well as residential and nomadic PC use.

Alcatel-Lucent is the commercial leader in WiMAX Rev-e; with 10 networks in service out of the 35 commercial deployments it has underway. Alcatel-Lucent has shipped more than 10,000 Rev-e base stations, supporting tens of thousands of paying subscribers. It is also a world leader in the provision of sophisticated project management, consulting and design services, applications and software integration and the design, deployment and maintenance of next-generation networks.