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Sasktel Set for HDTV

PLANO, Texas -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that SaskTel, one of Canada's most progressive full service communications companies, will be the first provider in North America to commercially deploy High Definition (HD) television services as part of an IPTV offering using new technologies such as MPEG4. This announcement reinforces SaskTel's ongoing endorsement of Alcatel's Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture, which as the key component of SaskTel's Next Generation Access Infrastructure (NGAI) program is enabling SaskTel to offer the most comprehensive service portfolio of advanced broadband entertainment services.

SaskTel's HDTV offering represents the evolution of SaskTel's Max™ Entertainment Services which currently include high-speed Internet access, television, and Video on Demand (VOD) in a single bundle over SaskTel's high-speed IP network. SaskTel's Next Generation Access Infrastructure (NGAI) program, a capital investment initiative that is providing bandwidth of up to 40 Mbps, is the key enabler for advanced services such as HD TV and VoIP.

"Launching HD TV secures SaskTel's position as an IPTV pioneer," said Robert Watson, CEO, SaskTel. "With Alcatel's Triple Play solutions, we are confident that HD is one of many innovative entertainment services that we will continue delivering to our customers."

"The people of Saskatchewan will now have access to the most complete portfolio of entertainment services available," said Hubert de Pesquidoux, President of Alcatel's North American activities. "We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with SaskTel, and to be part of yet another first as they continue to pioneer entertainment services delivery in Canada, and drive the evolution of the IPTV industry."

Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA)

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