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Lucent Technologies plans to invest approximately $150 million over the next three years to build a 200,000-square-foot extension to its Blanchardstown facility in Dublin, Ireland. The investment includes creating 500 new jobs over the same time period.

The facility, which will serve as an optical networking provisioning center for customers in Europe and the Asia/Pacific region, aims to reduce shipping time to these customers from several weeks to several days.

By this summer, the new facility will be equipped to produce approximately $250 million worth of optical networking systems for this calendar year. When completed in May 2001, it will be capable of producing more than $2 billion worth of equipment annually.

As part of the expansion, Lucent is launching a major recruiting drive to attract engineers, technicians, business and information technology professionals.

The project was announced at Comms2000 – a communications trade show in Dublin – by the Prime Minster of Ireland, Bertie Ahern, and Ben Verwaayen, Vice Chairman, Lucent Technologies.

The Ireland facility – which currently manufactures products in Lucent’s data networking portfolio – is an important component of Lucent’s overall optical networking expansion. Lucent continues to increase the output of its Merrimack Valley operations located in Massachusetts – recently tripling that facility’s capacity for manufacturing high-speed optical systems.

‘The Blanchardstown facility will become the international center for the manufacturing and fulfillment of our optical networking technologies for all markets in Europe and Asia Pacific,’ said Mr. Eoin O’Driscoll, vice president, International Operations, Service Provider Networks, and Chairman of Lucent Technologies Ireland.

‘In introducing optical manufacturing to this country, Lucent is placing Ireland at the hub of a high-bandwidth, high-capacity technology. Today, optical technology enables carriers to zap information along a single wavelength of light at a speed of 10 gigabits per second – which is fast enough to send 130,000 simultaneous phone calls or a two million page document every second.’