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Nestlé Picks Alcatel for VOIP

PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has signed a global supply agreement with Nestlé to deploy its voice IP communications equipment in Nestlé’s companies all over the world. Standardization of voice IP communication solutions will provide Nestlé with reliable interoperability, reduced costs, simplified network management and improved information processes.

Nestlé SA is the world’s largest food company and operates 508 factories, in 85 countries, across the five continents. Nestlé employs over 254,000 people world-wide. Nestlé will install Alcatel IP communication solutions at many of its 1,500+ locations, replacing some of its 200,000 voice lines over five years.

The Swiss company's purchase decision was based on Alcatel's product vision, features, as well as a desire to simplify management of its worldwide voice communications network. At the heart of the five-year agreement is the Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprise, a leading IP communication solution. The decision to standardize communication solutions is part of Nestlé's technology standardization initiatives, a business excellence effort to optimize its global operations and leverage the company ROI.

With the Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprise, Nestlé will continue using existing TDM voice services while migrating to the feature-rich efficiency of IP-based calls. Leveraging Nestlé’s global IP network, Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprise delivers cost savings while providing a single network management system and the ability to move to IP at their own pace.

“This new agreement expands upon the long relationship that Alcatel has enjoyed with Nestlé in Europe and demonstrates our ability to articulate the value for them to extend the relationship to their global operations,” said Jean-Christophe Giroux, President for Alcatel’s Enterprise Solutions activities.

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