Alcatel Opens New R&D Center

Alcatel announces plans to set up a new research and development center in China

August 18, 2005

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PARIS and CHENGDU, China -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced it will set up a new Research & Development (R&D) Center in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province in Western China. Located inside the Chengdu High-Tech Park, an area dedicated to advanced IT and telecom technology development, the new Center represents Alcatel's latest effort to step up the company's research endeavors to better serve customers in China and the rest of the world. To be inaugurated before the end of 2005, the Center will be managed by Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel's Chinese flagship company.

The new Center will become an integrated part of Alcatel's overall R&D effort in China. In close collaboration with the existing Research & Innovation Center at Alcatel Shanghai Bell's headquarters in Shanghai, this R&D center will bring to market promising new technologies coming out of the company's research. Alcatel will later integrate into this Center all activities currently being carried out in Alcatel's Optical Communication R&D Center in Chengdu.

The Center will also undertake the development of world-class technologies and product concepts covering fixed and mobile communication areas. Initially, it will focus on advanced mobile technologies and solutions in the area of mobile Next Generation Networks (mobile NGN) and microwave transmission. Around 300 R&D engineers will be employed in this new facility.

Vince Pizzica, Chief Technology Officer, Alcatel Asia Pacific, said, "The establishment of this new R&D Center stands testimony to Alcatel's full commitment and confidence in the future of China's telecom market. It also reinforces our leadership position in the international telecommunications technology community, strengthening our innovation capability and supporting the very latest in technology developments. "

Gerard Dega, President of Alcatel Shanghai Bell, added, "With the new Center, Alcatel Shanghai Bell will be able to quickly respond to changing market needs in China and deliver the most advanced technologies to our customers' doorstep. The ready availability and abundance of research and engineering talent in China enables us to bring cutting-edge, cost-effective telecom technologies and solutions to our customers."


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