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Monday 22 September, 2008


Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs Researcher Gerard J....

PARIS, September 22 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Recognized for Seminal Contributions to the Science and Technology of 
Multiple-Antenna Wireless Communications

    Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced
that Gerard J. Foschini, distinguished scientist and innovator at
Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs, has been awarded the 2008 IEEE Alexander Graham
Bell Medal during the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Quebec City, Canada. The
Alexander Graham Bell Medal is the highest recognition bestowed by the IEEE
for contributions to the advancement of communications sciences and
engineering. The IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the
advancement of technology.

    Foschini was recognized for his seminal contributions at Bell
Labs to the science and technology of multiple-antenna wireless
communications - a critical technology in today's advanced mobile broadband
networking. His multiple antenna concepts have allowed for increased data
transmission rates by orders of magnitude without increased power at the
transmitter, or the increased cost of expanding bandwidth. His research
discoveries are core components of many of today's current and emerging
wireless communications standards including the Multiple Input Multiple
Output (MIMO) architecture in IEEE WiFi (802.11n) and WiMAX (802.16e) for
wireless data communication, as well as 4G cellular standards including 3GPP
and 3GPP2.

    Commenting on Dr. Foschini's achievement, Jeong Kim, President
of Bell Labs stated: "Jerry personifies the Bell Labs ideal and is a
testament to the ever-increasing value of preeminent industrial research. His
career at the Labs has been, time and again, distinguished by fundamental
discoveries that were rapidly implemented into commercial-ready products. He
has been a major contributor to the advancement of wireless capabilities
enjoyed today throughout the world."

    A Fellow of both IEEE and Bell Labs, Foschini has received
numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the theory and practice
of point-to-point wireless technology and his fundamental research in MIMO.
He is a past recipient of the IEEE Best Paper Award, IEEE Eric E. Sumner
Award, Bell Labs Inventor's Award, the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and
the Bell Labs President's Gold Award. He has published more than 100 papers
and holds 15 patents. Foschini is "one of the most highly cited scientists"
according to The Institute of Scientific Information. A search through Google
Scholar returns in excess of 10,000 citations to his papers.

    In addition to his work at Bell Labs, Foschini has taught at
Princeton University and is currently a member of the graduate faculty in the
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rutgers University

    He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from
the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which recently presented him with the
2008 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, a Master's degree in Electrical
Engineering from New York University, and a Doctorate in Mathematics from
Stevens Institute of Technology.

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 revenues of Euro 17.8
billion in 2007 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located
in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:


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