Alcatel Pairs With China Telcom

PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA), the world leader in broadband access solutions, today entered into a nationwide frame agreement with China Telecom, China's largest telecommunications network operator and service provider, to jointly deploy digital subscriber line (DSL) technology across the country. Alcatel will supply China Telecom, which owns 99% of the fixed telephone infrastructure in China accounting for 130 million lines, with its industry-leading 7300 DSL Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) and DSL Speed Touch modems. The strategic agreement is expected to become the blue print for China Telecom to work with Alcatel for nationwide deployment.

"I am sure that this will be inspiring news to all Internet users, who are continuously asking for higher speed and broadband services," said Chang Xiaobing, Vice President of China Telecom. "By working this way, operators like China Telecom will be able to provide to end-users a wide range of broadband services in a cost-effective way."

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