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Alcatel Wins Subsea Deal

PARIS -- Alcatel (NYSE: ALA - News; Paris: CGEP.PA - News) today announced that it has signed a turnkey contract with South Caribbean Fiber (SCF), a subsidiary of the LORET Group, to deploy a new submarine cable network spanning the eastern Caribbean islands. The project represents a new, significant step in the creation of an advanced submarine network infrastructure that supports the high-speed broadband connectivity required to generate new opportunities of economic growth and development in the region.

With completion scheduled by mid-2007, the new submarine cable network will extend the regional communication reach to Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, Barbados, Grenada, and Trinidad. SCF will interconnect with the Global Caribbean Network (GCN) - linking Guadeloupe to Puerto Rico and the Virgin islands, through the St. Martin and St. Barthelemy islands - that is being inaugurated for commercial service today, in Pointe-a-Pitre. SCF will also interconnect with the Middle Caribbean Network (MCN) submarine system linking Martinique and Dominica. SCF will deliver additional multi-Gbit/s capacity and will span about 1,000 km bringing the total coverage enabled by the three combined projects to about 2,100 km.

"Through this extension, we are moving one step ahead to connect 14 islands of the Caribbean, from Trinidad to St. Croix and Puerto Rico, and from there directly to Miami. The next-generation submarine network will provide broadband network capacity at economical pricing for the next 20 years or more," stated Ehsan Emami President of GCN, MCN and SCF.

"Following the GCN and MCN awards, we are pleased to again contribute to fulfill the escalating demand for broadband services of Caribbean's business and residential users," said Jean Godeluck, President of Alcatel's submarine network activity. "This achievement further validates Alcatel's expertise in deploying field-proven solutions that offer reliable optical connectivity for faster and more cost-effective communications."

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

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