Alcatel, LHS, Extend Partnership

Alcatel extended its partnership with LHS to offer a combined pre-post-paid convergent billing solution for simplified billing ops

June 7, 2006

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PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) announced today that it has extended its strategic partnership with LHS, a leading provider of telecommunications billing and customer care systems, to offer a combined pre-post-paid convergent billing solution for simplified and cost-optimized billing operations.

The new solution combines LHS's billing and customer care system, BSCS iX and Alcatel's Payment Suite 4.4 with Alcatel's project management and integration skills to provide an end-to-end convergent billing solution from customer management to network interaction. The convergent solution includes features such as real-time call control, full real-time convergent rating engine, and unified provisioning and customer care for prepaid and postpaid customers.

The joint solution provides an all-in-one billing system that will allow operators to manage rating, billing and customer interaction from one central point, thereby enabling them to significantly reduce operating expenditures. It also allows real-time control of the subscriber's invoice to reduce fraud and bad debts, and gives the customer clear visibility in real-time of his spending. Operators will also be able to provide an attractive hybrid billing service offering, tailored to its subscribers'profiles and the type of service requested, thus, enhancing the operator's marketing capabilities and reactivity.

Stéphane Terranova, President of Alcatel's integration and servicesactivities, commented: "Today, mobile operators need to compensate for the steady decline in revenue from voice services and reduce the cost of operations. Having a single billing system for both prepaid and postpaid customers will enable operators to increase operational efficiency. At the same time, the convergent solution will help operators to launch new pre-and postpaid services to fight fierce competition with fastertime-to-market, and increase revenues. Alcatel has selected LHS's BSCS for its proven superior functionality and excellent performance in the IT field, which perfectly fits with Alcatel's real time billing leadership and over 10 years of expertise in the network field."

Wolfgang Kroh, LHS's Chief Operating Officer, added: "We are delighted to announce this new joint initiative. Alcatel has a wealth of experience in integrating our billing and customer care system, BSCS, to service providers worldwide. Today, service providers want to be able to offer the full range of services across their customer base, whether pre- or postpaid. Customers will find it attractive to be able to easily switch between pre- and postpaid billing."

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

LHS Group

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