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Alcatel, Samsung Team on S-Band

PARIS and SEOUL -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Samsung Electronics (Seoul KSE: 005930 and London GDR: SMSN) today announced that they have signed an agreement to develop mobile handsets compatible with the evolution of the DVB-H standard in the S-Band. This is part of Alcatel's Unlimited Mobile TV solution.

Alcatel and Samsung will collaborate on interoperability testing in order to deliver a seamless end-to-end solution to operators and a high quality Mobile TV service to end-users. Both companies will support the standardization process of this solution in the DVB Forum undertaken in the DVB-SSP (Satellite Services for Portable devices) Ad-Hoc Group, and join forces to market their combined solution. In a first step, this agreement covers Europe, where the S-band spectrum is available today.

The solution in the S-Band allows complete territory coverage for Mobile TV at the scale of a country or even a continent, including inside buildings. Besides, this solution is compatible with DVB-H in UHF, which also enables the development of dual-mode UHF/ S-Band Mobile TV terminals.

"Samsung values its new cooperation with Alcatel for handsets in the S-Band, as it opens the door to a significant new business opportunity for Samsung in Europe," stated Kwang Suk Hyun, Senior Vice President of Samsung. "S-Band is a solution of choice in Europe for Mobile TV deployment and Samsung intends to be a major player in this business."

"We welcome Samsung as a new key stakeholder in the S-Band ecosystem for broadcast Mobile TV, as they enjoy a track record in fast Mobile TV handset development and go-to-market capability," added Olivier Coste, President of Alcatel's mobile broadcast activities. "Samsung's endorsement of our hybrid mobile TV solution in the S-Band also demonstrates the attractiveness of this option for the Mobile TV industry at large."

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

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