SFR selects Alcatel’s mobile next-generation network solution

February 15, 2005

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CANNES, France -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has closed a deal with SFR to trial its mobile Next Generation Network (NGN) solution throughout the operator’s 2G/3G mobile networks in France.

Alcatel’s solution is already in commercial use with major GSM/EDGE and CDMA operators in the world, with deployments and market trials in North and Latin America, China, and India – with over one million ports deployed in 2004.

Alcatel’s solution for SFR is based on an innovative, standards-based mobile switching solution, designed by Spatial Wireless, a company recently acquired by Alcatel. The cornerstone of this solution is the Alcatel 5020 Spatial Atrium Softswitch, a multi-standard and field-proven mobile call server controlling distributed media gateways and managing call/session control for voice and data services.

Alcatel’s distributed MSC architecture will answer SFR’s needs for increased 2G and 3G capacity. It will also allow the operator to significantly reduce its capital and operating costs of its mobile GSM/GPRS core network. Furthermore, following the commercial launch by SFR of its 3G commercial service, Alcatel’s solution will help the operator optimize its costs for its UMTS network expansion, thus ensuring long-term investment protection.

“We decided to test Alcatel equipment as their solution for mobile Next Generation Networks is immediately available and the most advanced and mature today,“ stated Paul Corbel Chief Technical Officer of SFR. “This solution when validated will allow SFR to significantly reduce our capital and operating costs and to perform network extensions in a flexible and cost-effective manner.”


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