Alcatel Leads EU R&D Project

Alcatel is to lead European Union Liaison R&D consortium

November 16, 2004

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PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that ithas been selected by the European Commission as prime contractor of the 34-member consortiumresponsible for the European Union research and development project, Liaison, part of the 6th R&DFramework Program.

The Liaison project aims to provide police forces, fire-fighters, municipalities, utilities and manyother professional services with satellite positioning solutions that ensure that today’s positioningsystems liaise – hence the project name – with all wireless telecom technologies, includingGSM/GPRS/UMTS, WLAN, Tetra, etc. This will allow users to receive and send real-time positioninginformation using their mobile phones and devices – including in areas that are currently out ofGPS’ reach such as urban canyon, buildings a nd dense forests.

The Liaison project comprises three development stages: Alpha, culminating in a prototype; Beta,which will include additional features; and a third, pre-operational phase, leading to a completesolution, ready for commercialization. Six user groups are involved during those different stages, invarious pilot projects:

•Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in Great Britain, to coordinate On the FieldOperational teams

•Italian Fire Brigade, to coordinate Fire Forces during disasters

•The city of Rome, to enhance waste data collection

•TDF, the French broadcast service provider, to protect mobile workers

•Iberdrola, the Spanish electricity company, to enhance network maintenance and on-site workersefficiency

•Taxi companies in Athens, to support a “taxi on demand” service, designed to enhance thesaturated traffic, and possibly develop a “taxi pooling” system.

This 42-month project, which has a budget of 21 million euros that is equally shared by theconsortium and the EU, leverages both Alcatel’s experience in the European satellite navigationprograms EGNOS and Galileo, as well as the Enhanced Assisted-GPS solutions developed in Alcatellaboratories. It follows on the heels of the SCORE research program awarded earlier in 2004,which sought to integrate reliable positioning data in emergency services (call code E112).

“Liaison is above all a response to the strong demand in professional markets for effectivepositioning solutions,” said Nicolas de Ledinghen, vice-president of navigation and aeronauticalcommunications at Alcatel Space. “We are delighted with our latest selection by the EuropeanCommission to lead a multidisciplinary European consortium in a project with numerous practicalapplications. These programs round out Alcatel Space’s investment in the sector, and confirm ourdevelopment strategy and leadership in a fast-growing market.”

Alcatel SA

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