Cannes, February 15, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has signed a contract with Globacom, Nigeria’s second national operator, to deploy the latest mobile and fixed multimedia services. Strengthening Alcatel’s long-standing strategic cooperation with Globacom, this new turnkey contract will also enable Globacom to reinforce its position in the Nigerian telecom market.
Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel will expand Globacom national mobile network capacity from its current 2,5 million subscribers to 10 millions by the end of 2005. This covers the Alcatel multi-standard Evolium™ radio access and core network solutions as well as transmission solutions. Alcatel’s Intelligent Network (IN) solution and Messaging Suite have already enabled Globacom customer’s access to enhanced mobile voice and data services, making Globacom the first Nigerian operator to offer 2.5G high-speed data rates and Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS).
The contract also includes the deployment of a new multi-service IP (MSIP) network using data-aware optical technology, which will enable Globacom to pioneer Triple Play (voice video, data) services in Africa. Based on the scalability and reliability of the MSIP network, Globacom will offer voice and symmetric DSL services to a wider number of business and residential clients, as well as deliver new high-speed Internet access and broadband multimedia services such as Video -on Demand, videoconferencing and broadcast TV. These services will be offered initially in 10 major cities. Alcatel’s solution will allow Globacom to meet the growing subscriber demand for fixed telecommunications services and facilitate the migration towards a Next Generation Network.
Alcatel will also deploy a 8,600km submarine cable for Globacom, connecting Nigeria to England. This cable will significantly expand Nigeria’s international connectivity since it allows Globacom to connect with the U.S. via the UK. It will also be very beneficial to the region’s economic development.
“This agreement cements the outstanding cooperation we have established with Globacom since its inception,” said Etienne Fouques, Alcatel Executive Vice President. “Our historical collaboration in mobile will now be broadened to multimedia fixed services delivering a network infrastructure that will help end-users to enjoy the most advanced services.”
Globacom has consistently been in the forefront of increasing the value proposition to subscribers. It was the first Nigerian telecommunication network to introduce the preferred Per Second Billing system, the Multimedia Messaging Service, Text 2 Email, Mobile Internet, Glo Direct, Magic Plus, N1SIM and free connection for Post Paid subscribers.
The network is also regarded as the fastest growing GSM network in Africa, ramping-up over 1million subscribers in its first nine months of operation.
Globacom is the only 2.5G network in Nigeria, making it the most advanced telecommunication network in the country and the vision of its promoters is to make it the biggest and best telecommunication network in Africa.
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks; applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.3 billion in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.
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About the Alcatel solution
Alcatel will supply its Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems that provide a reliable broadband networking solution for broadband aggregation and enable the delivery of new user-centric services including Triple Play, video distribution and Ethernet VPN services, as well as the backhauling of 2G and 3G mobile traffic.. The Alcatel 1350 management suite will manage the OMSN systems. In addition, Alcatel will supply the 7670 Routing Switch Platform (RSP), a highly reliable and scalable routing and switching platform, for the multiservice IP backbone. The Alcatel 1540 Litespan Multiservice Access Gateway and the Alcatel 7300 ASAM are also key components in the Multiservice Access offer of Alcatel. The Alcatel Open Media Suite (OMS),an end-to-end portfolio of products and professional services to facilitate Triple Play services, is also part of the solution.. The OMS includes the 5950 Open Media Platform and Applications and the 5959 Open Media Content Management and Delivery system, and the 5959 Open Video Server. The solution also includes the Alcatel 1000 voice Switch as well as the Alcatel 5020 Softswitch to provide enhanced broadband service in a next generation networking environment as well as Alcatel 8690 Open Services Platform to provide carrier grade value-added services.
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