Alcatel Passes DSLAM Milestone

PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced another major milestone as it has now surpassed 100 million DSL lines shipped. Alcatel, which continues to have more than one third of the DSL market, has doubled its total shipments since October 2004.

Ten years after pioneering the broadband access market, Alcatel continues to set the pace for the industry with its ISAM product family, a purpose-built 100% triple play IP access solution, which 100 new customers have selected in the past two years. The ISAM family offers the optimal mix of future proof technologies (ADSL2plus, VDSL2, PON) and network topologies (central offices as well as remote or rural areas) that meet each operator's network requirement. Alcatel has also been spearheading innovation with developments on GPON*, VDSL2** and voice capabilities, which further help operators evolve towards future-proof broadband access networks.

This expertise and innovation is reflected in the large number of customers that are partnering with Alcatel to transform their broadband access network. Not only have more than 100 customers selected Alcatel's ISAM platform in less than two years, but 16 of the top 20 top DSL operators in the world are utilizing Alcatel's broadband access solutions. Moreover, 17 operators are also engaged with Alcatel in GPON projects in all regions.

Erik M. Keith, Senior Analyst for Broadband Infrastructure at Current Analysis, commented: "Alcatel, In surpassing the 100 million DSL line shipment milestone, Alcatel has set a new benchmark for DSL access vendors, a feat which is especially impressive given the increasing competitive pressures in this market. Moreover, Alcatel's continuing ability to retain its global DSL market leadership, and set new quarterly and annual DSL port shipment records in the process, is a testament to Alcatel's corporate fortitude as well as its long-term commitment to the global broadband access market. This achievement also highlights Alcatel's success in the IP DSLAM sector, where the Company has garnered more than 100 ISAM customers to date."

Dirk Van den Berghen, President of Alcatel's access network activities, said: "Customers worldwide recognize the advantage of a vendor who can integrate multiple access components into a finished solution, and offer guaranteed end-to-end service quality, especially as networks continuously increase in complexity. Alcatel is considered the world's leading access supplier because it can partner with telecom operators worldwide, and combines the widest range of broadband access solutions, fast and high quality delivery with competitive prices."

Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA)

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