08 October 2008
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Vodafone Albania, a leading telecommunication services operator, today announced a big investment deal for the deployment of the Alcatel-Lucent SurePay® Pre-Paid solution.
Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent completed the SurePay® project in June 2008. Integral to the success of this project was Alcatel-Lucent’s ability to project manage the program within the customers compressed timeline.  Professional services provided under the contract included design, integration, deployment and migration from Vodafone's previous system to the Alcatel-Lucent platform. The Alcatel-Lucent 8620 SurePay platform will enable Vodafone Albania to launch attractive new services.
“After the successful migration of all products and services to the new platform Vodafone Albania and Alcatel-Lucent are working closely together to delight Vodafone Albania’s customers.” stated Genci Hamzaraj, CTO, Vodafone Albania. “The first attractive voice and SMS packages have been delivered immediately after migration. An innovative range of products and services with increased focus on data and money-for-value propositions has been developed. Looking at the progress made so far and at Alcatel-Lucent’s commitment we feel confident to deliver on our plans.”
The recent design, deployment and migration of prepaid services in Albania and the UK reinforce Alcatel-Lucent’s position as the leading supplier of prepaid solutions to the Vodafone Group.
“Vodafone Albania, selected Alcatel-Lucent as their trusted partner, challenging our Services team to have the solution operational in record time.” said Johan Vanderplaetse, President of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in CIS, Central and Southern Europe. “The SurePay® Suite’s unique capabilities made the integration easier with Vodafone’s existing network.  Alcatel-Lucent’s Services team has extensive experience in the project management, design & network integration of these applications into complex networks.”
The SurePay® Suite is part of the Alcatel-Lucent Convergent Rating and Charging Solution porfolio which now supports more than 210 customers globally with more than 400 million subscribers.

About Vodafone Albania
Vodafone Albania is part of the Vodafone Group Plc, the world's leading mobile communications company, with a with a significant presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States.
Vodafone Albania’s GSM mobile network covers 86% of the territory of the Republic of Albania and reaches up to 92% of the Albanian population in urban and rural areas. The company provides to more than 1, 198,889 customers in Albania (as per end of August 2008 ) with a wide range of high quality communication services,  ensuring that our customers use the best telecommunications network and benefit from innovative and quality services. To date, Vodafone has a chain of 53 shops all over the country. Our commercial outlets are at the customers’ service seven days a week, offering a wide range of tariff plans, products and services, handsets and accessories, as well as technical assistance.
For more information visit: www.vodafone.al
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: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
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