Launch includes a special promotion for small and medium businesses with a 0% rate

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and BNP Paribas Lease Group (BPLG) today announce the launch of Alcatel-Lucent Financial Services, a multi-country financing program designed to support the communication solution needs of the Enterprise market, and more specifically small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Alcatel-Lucent Financial Services will offer a full range of financial products through the current network of Alcatel-Lucent Business Partners. Customers will benefit from the convenience of an all-inclusive offering from a single business partner able to provide a complete communications solution, maintenance, service and financing tailored to each company's needs.

Alcatel-Lucent Financial Services will enable customers to preserve cash flow while still making crucial investments and capital purchases, providing an opportunity to become a dynamic enterprise -- one which links its network, people, process, and knowledge to improve business performance. Offered through an extensive resource network and an automated on-line tool, the service will cover the end-to-end process, including credit checks, quotations and financing contracts. Alcatel-Lucent Financial Services provides for quick, simple and efficient financing solutions that can be implemented in many cases within a day. The program will be available in Spain, France, Germany, Benelux and Poland, and expanding to other countries and regions throughout the coming year.

To bring further success to this launch, Alcatel-Lucent Financial Services is pleased to announce a special market promotion of 0% financing through the end of this year for small- and medium-sized businesses. All rules and details are available on the business partner website

BNP Paribas Lease Group brings its considerable expertise in flexible financing solutions to the program. “We look forward to deploying this international program on behalf of Alcatel-Lucent,” said Joseph Pulicano, head of IT and Telecom within BPLG. “Our combined forces will bring Alcatel-Lucent Business Partners an efficient and easy-to-use financing service to continue developing their sales while small and medium business customers preserve or optimize their financial positions.”

“Alcatel-Lucent Financial Services will complement our Enterprise portfolio with a set of attractive financing solutions,” said Marie-Laure Mazaud, Global Head of Project Finance and Credit at Alcatel-Lucent. “Partnering with BPLG in this new offering will enable our customers to manage their communication needs despite the tight credit situation brought about by the current economic environment. This new program enhances our active support of our Business Partner and reseller community.”

Products in this offering include Alcatel-Lucent Office Communication Solutions designed for the SMB market. Additional information about Alcatel-Lucent Financial Services is available at

About BNP Paribas Lease Group
BNP Paribas Lease Group is the BNP Paribas subsidiary specialized in equipment leasing and rental solutions for businesses and professionals provided either directly or through its partners, the equipment manufacturers, distributors and editors. Organized around three international business lines - Technology Solutions and Equipment & Logistics Solutions, Retail & Industry – BNP Paribas Lease Group aims to provide rental solutions and credit, combined with services such as insurance, maintenance and repair policies.

Having integrated Arius (1) and Artegy (2) teams into its commercial structure, only BNP Paribas Lease Group is today in a position to make such a wide-ranging offer, which extends from simple leasing arrangements to long-term leasing contracts, and outsourcing facilities management.

BNP Paribas Lease Group has been in this market for over 50 years and is the French and European market leader. It offers manufacturers, importers and distributors of logistics and software editors, a comprehensive service to finance their sales and, with them, develops local, national and international partnerships, which range from advisory agreements to joint financing companies. BNP Paribas Lease Group also provides and manages the asset and real estate lease financing services that the BNP Paribas banking network offers its customers.

BNP Paribas Lease Group operates in 20 countries: directly in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India (joint venture with SREI), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK, Ukraine; and through BNP Paribas Group entities in Algeria (El Djazaïr), Morocco (BMCI Leasing), Tunisia (UBCI Leasing), Turkey (TEB Leasing), and USA (Trinity Vendor Finance).

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:
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