TA Orange awards Alcatel a $133 million contract to expand and upgrade its mobile network in Thailand

February 2, 2005

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PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has signed a USD 133 million contract with TA Orange, a leading mobile operator in Thailand, to expand the operator’s current Alcatel-powered GSM/GPRS mobile network and to upgrade it with EDGE and 3G/UMTS. This upgrade provides TA Orange with a clear migration path to 3G. In preparation for this development the operator has already granted Alcatel an exclusive agreement to deploy 3G/UMTS during the 2005 and 2006 timeframe.

In the framework of this contract, Alcatel will also deploy a mobile Next Generation Network (mobile NGN) solution that will cater to the needs of 3.6 million additional users. This will substantially increase TA Orange’s capacity to provide new multimedia services to its subscribers with optimized costs in parallel to the extension of the operator’s mobile coverage.

Alcatel’s Mobile NGN solution is based on an innovative, standards-based mobile switching solution, designed by Spatial Wireless, a company recently acquired by Alcatel. The cornerstone of Alcatel’s Mobile NGN solution delivered to TA Orange is Alcatel 5020 Spatial Atrium Softswitch, a multi-standard and field-proven mobile softswitch that controls distributed media gateways and manages call/session control for voice and data services.

This solution will allow TA Orange to reduce the operating costs of its mobile GSM/GPRS core network and will help the operator optimize its costs for 3G/UMTS introduction, thus ensuring long-term investment protection in preparation for the introduction of IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS).

In addition, Alcatel will provide TA Orange with its intelligent GPRS Gateway Support Node (iGGSN) solution, a very strategic core network element for the deployment of mobile data services as it allows operators to charge their subscribers according to the type of content they access and to the service value they perceive.

“Given the increasing demand for emerging mobile services solutions, we want to make sure we have the best solution in place to meet the needs of our customers today and tomorrow,” said Mr. Supachai Chearavanont, CEO of TA Orange. “We asked Alcatel to support us in this effort because we believe Alcatel has a clear vision of the future for mobile communications and is in the position to get us there,” he added.

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