By Alcatel-Lucent Press Release

Sydney – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that John Turner,has been appointed to lead the organisation's activities on Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN).

John's newly created role was introduced today to an audience of industry peers and broadband enthusiasts at the Alcatel-Lucent Sustainable Fibre Nations industry forum.

John Turner takes up this role after holding several senior positions with Alcatel-Lucent in recent years, including heading up its access network activities in Australasia, its bids, proposals and tendering operations in Australasia and North Asia, and its services solutions and marketing activities in Asia Pacific.

Australia's managing director, Andrew Butterworth, recognised the appointment as reflecting Alcatel-Lucent's commitment towards assisting the progress of the NBN. “Our Sustainable Fibre Nations event today is all about stimulating industry cooperation and discussion around the challenges and benefits of fibre deployments – bringing to the table our global and local experience to assist this dialogue, he said”.

“John's strong background in broadband access technologies supports this new focus. He will ensure that Alcatel-Lucent can actively contribute in bringing the NBN to the next level, as the project's details are defined in the coming months,” Andrew continued.”

John Turner said: “I am looking forward to making a contribution to what will likely be the largest communications infrastructure project in my lifetime. Alcatel-Lucent is at the forefront of broadband, whether through the more than 90 fibre to the home deployments we are doing worldwide – including Australia – or the ground-breaking Bell Labs innovations.”