FCI Broadband Picks Alcatel for FTTU

Canadian CLEC FCI Broadband delivers advanced broadband services with the Alcatel 7340 Fiber-to-the-User (FTTU) solution

June 10, 2003

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DALLAS -- Alcatel (NYSE: ALA), the worldwide leader in broadband solutions, today announced that FCI Broadband, a division of Futureway Communications Inc., a Canadian competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), will deploy the Alcatel 7340 Fiber-to-the-User (FTTU) solution to deliver a complete range of broadband services over its high-speed optical network.

The Alcatel fiber solution enables FCI Broadband to deliver a "triple play" of services over a single strand of fiber that is virtually unlimited in capacity. Services include four active phone lines; Internet access at speeds hundreds of times greater than traditional dial-up modems; hundreds of television channels without the requirement for a set-top box; and, as they continue to emerge, the bandwidth- and speed-sensitive services such as: high definition TV, online gaming, music downloads and video-on-demand. Multiple lines of toll-quality voice are delivered over a single connection via leading technology from General Bandwidth Inc.

"Alcatel's success in the U.S. with its next-generation fiber access solution is further buoyed by this initial contract in Canada," said Michel Rahier, president of Alcatel's fixed network activities. "The Alcatel FTTU solution enables our customers to enhance their revenue potential with optical broadband ? a cost-effective alternative for green-field networks and new home builds. Alcatel's fiber and DSL-based broadband solutions remain the favored access choices to deliver next generation broadband services today."

"As a competitor in the telecommunications business, FCI Broadband has succeeded because it has been able to build a network optimized for customer satisfaction," said Nick Melatti, chief operating officer, FCI Broadband, a division of Futureway Communications Inc. "The decision to expand this network by delivering fiber directly to our customer base, using the leading Alcatel solution, means we can confidently evolve our offerings based on the right service mix, guaranteed reliability, and low maintenance costs ? assuring continued customer loyalty."

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