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KPN IP/MPLS EQUIPMENT ROLL-OUT PROVIDES MULTIMEDIA SERVICES.

Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU) and Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:JNPR) have signed a contract with Dutch telecom operator KPN to deploy the next part of KPN=B4s Internet Protocol (IP)/Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) core network. When fully implemented, this core multi-service network will enable KPN to support a variety of business and consumer services such as Ethernet VPN (Virtual Private Network) as well as advanced IP services such as IPTV and video streaming.

This roll-out follows a 2003 agreement between Lucent Technologies, Juniper and KPN for the first part of KPN's national IP/MPLS network over a unified core transport platform. The first phase of the rollout was aimed at the delivery of Ethernet VPN services to KPN's enterprise customers in the Netherlands, and the second phase will improve network redundancy and reliability, enabling KPN to introduce integrated voice, video and data services ("triple play") for consumers. KPN's triple-play services will include high quality streaming video content, video on demand, TV broadcast, fast Internet access and VoIP.

As with the earlier agreement, the new contract includes Juniper Networks M- and T-series as well as deployment services and maintenance by Lucent Worldwide Services. By deploying additional Juniper routing platforms, KPN=B4s network performance, reliability and redundancy will be significantly improved -- a pre-condition for the carrier before launching high quality streaming video services.

"Lucent and KPN have worked closely together for years on new technologies. This ambitious project, which is unique in Europe, enables KPN to provide its customers with state-of-the-art and future-proof Ethernet and MPLS services," said John van Vianen, senior vice president Business Unit Connectivity for KPN. "KPN already had a long-standing, proven relationship with Lucent Technologies and Juniper Networks."

"This continued IP/MPLS network rollout will support an even broader range of services for KPN's customers countrywide," says Huub de Klerk, customer group leader North Europe at Lucent Technologies. "Lucent is proud to be selected again to help continue KPN=B4s network build. This agreement is strategic to us, as it underscores our commitment and expertise in core networks."

Eddie Minshull, vice president of operations for Juniper Networks, Europe, Middle East and Africa said, "This agreement highlights our expertise in IP/MPLS in the most demanding environments, where the network infrastructure is the basis for a new generation of high-performance triple-play services. By choosing Juniper's routing platforms, KPN will be able to gain benefits in costs, performance and reliability."

Juniper Networks M- and T-series enable providers to consolidate multiple networks onto a single IP/MPLS infrastructure, while simultaneously generating new revenues with leading-edge services such as integrated voice, video and data.

About Lucent Technologies

Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. Lucent Technologies has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA.

About Juniper Networks, Inc.

Juniper Networks enables secure and assured communications over a single IP network. The company's purpose-built, IP platforms enable customers to support many different services and applications at scale. Service providers, enterprises, governments and research and education institutions worldwide rely on Juniper Networks to deliver products for building networks that are tailored to the specific needs of their users, services and applications. Juniper Networks' portfolio of proven networking and security solutions supports the complex scale, security and performance requirements of the world's most demanding networks. Additional information can be found at http://www.juniper.net/.

About KPN

KPN offers telecommunication services to both consumers and businesses. The core activities are telephony and data services through KPN's fixed network in the Netherlands, mobile telecom services in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and data services in Western Europe. KPN is market leader in the major segments of the Dutch telecom market and is actively growing market share in the new IP and DSL markets. Through E-Plus in Germany and BASE in Belgium, KPN holds the number three position in the mobile markets in these countries.

As of June 30, 2005, KPN served 7.2 million fixed-line subscribers and 2.1 million Internet customers in the Netherlands as well as 18 million mobile customers in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. KPN employed 29,546 individuals as of the same date.

Lucent Technologies can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.lucent.com/.

For more information, call +31-35-687-2520 or 973/386-8438.
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