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Lucent recognised for industry development.



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Lucent recognised for industry development

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, today recognised Lucent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd for its industry development activities in the Australian information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

Senator Alston awarded a Certificate of Recognition to Lucent Technologies for their contribution to ICT industry development in Australia, including research and development and other activities conducted in Sydney and Melbourne.

Lucent Technologies designs and delivers networks for the world's largest communications service providers. Backed by Bell Labs R&D, Lucent develops next-generation networks using its mobility, optical, data and voice networking technologies as well as software and services.

The company's major activities in Australia include:

● R&D conducted through Bell Labs in North Ryde;

● The Asia-Pacific Network Knowledge Centre in Sydney;

● The Tactical Assistance Centre in Melbourne, and

● Bell Labs seminars and Global Science Scholarships.

The Commonwealth Government is helping to expand and develop the ICT industry in Australia by developing relationships with key ICT industry players such as Lucent Technologies, and building on initiatives such as the ICT facilitation package for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).

Under simplified industry development arrangements, ICT suppliers to Government have a reduced reporting and compliance burden but are expected to engage in the Australian industry and, where appropriate, make use of the skills and capabilities of Australian SMEs in the research, development and delivery of ICT products and services.

The Government will continue to ensure that the efforts of companies that conduct ICT industry development activities in Australia are formally recognised for the role

they play in developing the sector.

Media contact: Simon Troeth 02 6277 7480 or 039 425 373 Website: www.richardalston.dcita.gov.au

288/02 18 December 2002