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Centre De Sante et de Services Sociaux Haut-Richelieu-Rouville in Quebec Selects Alcatel-Lucent and SSP Telecom to Upgrade its Communications Infrastructure

MONTREAL and MURRAY HILL, N.J., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and SSP Telecom, an Alcatel-Lucent business partner based in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, today announced that Centre De Sante Et De Services Sociaux Haut-Richelieu-Rouville (CSSS HRR), Quebec, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to help upgrade the health care provider's wired and wireless data infrastructure across its 14 sites.

As part of the network transformation, an advanced IP network for CSSS HRR that leverages a wide range of Alcatel-Lucent's product portfolio, including IP core routing, edge access and centralized management and security will be provided. SSP Telecom is providing installation, deployment, program management and maintenance for the new network.

"CSSS HRR is dedicated to providing outstanding patient care and services, which means we must have a state-of-the-art, reliable, scalable communications system for our physicians, staff and administration," said Daniel Burgoyne, CIO of CSSS HRR. "Alcatel-Lucent and SSP Telecom were selected based on their vast knowledge and experience in IP networking and deep understanding of the specific needs of the health care market."

The Alcatel-Lucent solution includes the award winning OmniSwitch 9700, which provides resiliency and security features through the Alcatel-Lucent Operating System (AOS), and is optimized for use in the network core and aggregation layer where large amounts of user data are consolidated for 10 Gigabit connections. The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6850-P24 at the edge, and security features include network access control via Alcatel-Lucent Access Guardian, and malicious attack containment provided by the Alcatel-Lucent Quarantine Manager.

"CSSS HRR was looking for more than supplier-customer relationship. As the complexity of health care and communications continues to grow, they were looking for a technology advisor and consultative approach to provide a total solution," said Alex Giosa, President of Alcatel-Lucent's business in Canada. "The Alcatel-Lucent IP network gives CSSS HRR the reliability, dependability and security communications network required to provide superior patient care both inside and outside the Haut-Richelieu Rouville campus environment."

"Our experience in both the enterprise space and the health care industry make us an ideal choice to help create an advanced IP network for CSSS HRR," said Robert Dessureault, President of SSP Telecom. "We understand the vision and mission of CSSS HRR and are excited to help take patience care to another level."

About Centre De Sante Et De Services Sociaux Haut-Richelieu-Rouville

CSSS stands for "Centre Sante et Services Sociaux". There are currently 95 Health and Social Services Centers in Quebec. The CSSS' overall mission is to understand the state of health and well-being of the population on its territory; to take appropriate steps to ensure proper case management, counseling and support for clients; to optimize timely management of the range of services in order to prevent illnesses from progressing to more advanced stages requiring more intensive and costly care.

The CSSS Haut-Richelieu-Rouville was created in July 2004, it's a regional hospital with 14 satellites on the south shore of Montreal, it has around 3,300 employees, 300 doctors covering a population of 160,000 people. Its annual budget is around 170 million dollars. Its number of employees and medical employees make the CSSS Haut Richelieu Rouville one of the 15 most important Health care Centers in Province of Quebec.

About SSP Telecom

SSP Telecom was created in 2000. They plan and build voice and IP voice networks which interface on fiber optics, data or microwaves structured networks. SSP telecom has clients all across Canada. The SSP Telecom main office is located in the Trois-Rivieres, Canada, and they have branches in Montreal (Qc), Kanata (Ont.), Calgary (Alb.), and Burnaby (B.C.). SSP Telecom's mission is to integrate completes high quality telephones systems, while offering unequalled and multilingual services regarding formation, support and maintenance.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:

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