Alcatel signs contract with CJSC Nizhegorodskaya Cellular Communication (NCC) to extend the operator's GSM network

June 10, 2004

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PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) announced today the signature of a new contract with CJSC Nizhegorodskaya Cellular Communication (NCC), one of the leading regional mobile operators in Russia, to extend the operator's GSM network. This project, to be completed in August 2004, will provide a higher quality of service to the existing 500,000 subscribers in the Privolzhsky Federal region and notably in two main cities of this area.

This announcement was made on the occasion of an official ceremony held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the first GSM call in Russia. The first GSM deployment in Russia was made possible by the cooperation between Alcatel and NCC, which began in 1993 with a contract for the delivery of Alcatel's base stations and switching systems in the Nizhny Novgorod region.

The new contract complements a previous contract won in March 2004 with NCC and for which Alcatel will deliver and operationalize its industry-leading Evolium? global mobile solutions including Base Station Subsystem (BSS) and Network Sub-System (NSS).

Mikhail Petrov, general director of NCC commented, "From the very first contract in 1993 we have partnered with Alcatel on numerous projects to develop GSM infrastructure in the Nizhny Novgorod region. Implementation of this new project will allow us to further extend our network and offer a competitive quality of communication to our customers."

Alcatel SA

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