SOURCE: Alcatel-Lucent

April 28, 2008 12:37 ET

Alcatel-Lucent Honors Partners Advance 2000 and Pinnacle Communications

MURRAY HILL, NJ--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris: ALU) (NYSE: ALU) named two business partners, Advance 2000 and Pinnacle Communications, as winners of the 2007 Top Enterprise award for Alcatel-Lucent in North America. Both partners exemplify the Alcatel-Lucent vision of convergence and expanded solution selling. This award is given every year to channel partners demonstrating the best performance in selling Alcatel-Lucent data and voice products per geographical area and during the previous year.

Advance 2000, Inc., based in Buffalo, NY, was recognized for its sustained growth. As a top large voice and data partner for eight years, the firm delivered more than 100% growth year-over-year with Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise products in 2007. The company has also been very proactive and collaborative in identifying enhancements to the Alcatel-Lucent's partner programs, and in implementing changes that have driven significant mutual growth.

Pinnacle Communications, a new enterprise voice and data partner with headquarters in Germantown, Maryland, was recognized for breaking into the ranks of Alcatel-Lucent's top ten enterprise partners within its first twelve months. Pinnacle Communications' innovative marketing initiatives have driven mutual growth in the hospitality market in North America, teaming with Alcatel-Lucent to deliver insight into solutions that better address the industry's specific needs.

"Both Advance 2000 and Pinnacle Communications successfully spread Alcatel-Lucent's end-to-end solution value in 2007," said Carmen Sorice, vice president of Channel Sales for Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise activities in North America. "Advance 2000 provided its customers with strategic business alignment of IT so that customers focused on their core business while Advance 2000 was providing higher service levels. Pinnacle Communications embraced our tools to provide innovative solutions and deliver best in class services to customers. We're pleased to recognize both companies for their partnership."

About Advance 2000

Advance 2000 is an authorized Certified System Integrator of Alcatel-Lucent located in Buffalo, NY. Although based in Buffalo, NY, there are significant operations also in Rochester, New York, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Toronto, Canada.

Advance 2000 offers a broad, rich portfolio expertise (voice, data, and video) of proven solutions for the enterprise market. Their focus divisions include Data, Telephony, Digital Imaging, and Consulting. Advance 2000 provides national consulting and support for Alcatel-Lucent, HP, Microsoft, Captaris, Polycom, and Citrix. Their full life-cycle services are tailored to meet their customer's objectives. They offer end-to-end support on data, voice and video including services such as environment reviews, rapid pilot, planning and design, migration, systems integration, deployment, hosting, management, outsourcing, and high availability for mission-critical environments. Their solutions, services and methodologies have been tested and proven in hundreds of customer environments, from modest businesses to the largest enterprise. Advance 2000 has been a partner of Alcatel-Lucent on both voice and data networking since 2001.

About Pinnacle Communications Corporation

The "Leader in IP PBX," Pinnacle is the #1 Mitel Networks Solution Provider in the United States, and a leading provider of voice, data, and IP solutions for the hospitality industry. Centering on turnkey solutions for hotels and resorts, including voice, data and Wi-Fi, Pinnacle also offers enterprise-level PBX solutions for medium to large commercial accounts. Pinnacle Communications is headquartered in Germantown, Maryland with offices, partners and technical outlets nationwide.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris: ALU) (NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprise 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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