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Alcatel Wins Deals

Chinese government office picks Alcatel for NGN network deployment; ETC in Ethiopia picks its optical multiservice solution

March 31, 2005

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PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced it has been selected by China's State Council Information Office (SCIO) to upgrade and optimize its communication network using Alcatel's Next Generation Network (NGN) solution. The contract was won through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel's flagship Chinese company.

Alcatel will provide its industry-proven Alcatel 5020 Softswitch to build a nation-wide next-generation network for SCIO, covering more than 50 branches in major cities and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, Xinjiang and Tibet. The new network will be deployed in conjunction with the Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprise, an integrated communications platform that enables traditional voice telephone systems and advanced IP telephony, as well as user-centric unified communications applications. Upon completion of the project in June 2005, SCIO staff will be able to access innovative services, including video conferencing, and voice virtual private network (VPN), any time, any place via any terminal, such as the PC, softphone, desk phone, mobile handset and PDAs.

Zhao Qizheng, Director of SCIO, said, "As China's state information agency, timely and reliable communication with internal and external parties is of the utmost importance. Thanks to Alcatel's NGN solutions, we are confident we will be able to enhance our work quality and efficiency while reducing our expenses on telecommunications."

"This contract represents another major milestone for Alcatel's NGN business in China and reaffirms our strong capabilities in delivering user-centric broadband services in both carrier and vertical market segments," said Alan Mottram, president of Alcatel's fixed solutions activities. "As consumers, enterprises and public agencies in China increasingly demand multimedia services, Alcatel's comprehensive solutions portfolio and extensive, end-to-end integration skills will ensure our continued success in the Chinese market."

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PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has signed a turnkey contract, valued at more than 14 million euros, with Ethiopia Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), Ethiopia's leading fixed and mobile operator, to extend the existing transport network in the eastern and southern parts of the country. The project, which is scheduled to be completed this summer, will enable ETC to expand the delivery of fixed, mobile, Internet and multimedia services to its subscribers.

Alcatel will deploy its optical multi-service solution to link the eastern and southern cities like Nazareth, Dire Dawa, Debrezeit, Shashemene and Awasha and to connect to the national network. Furthermore, the network will link Addis Ababa to Dijbouti Port, connecting the ETC network to international submarine cables serving the African continent. Once completed, the project will increase the current network capacity, enabling ETC to cope with the growing subscriber demand for fixed, mobile and Internet services.

"This contract further strengthens Alcatel's long-term relationship with ETC and presence in the African continent," stated Olivier Picard, Alcatel's chief operating officer for Africa, France, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. "Our cooperation with ETC confirms our commitment to offer optical networking solutions that can meet the requirement of current and emerging bandwidth needs required for advanced services with the highest level of reliability."


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