Cannes, February 15, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Intel Corporation today announced that both companies have expanded their strategic alliance on WiMAX, entering into a new joint development agreement. In this unique collaboration, both companies have committed to work closely together to expedite the delivery of end-to-end residential, nomadic and ultimately mobile WiMAX solutions based on the IEEE 802.16e standard. The companies expect to begin field trials in the first half of 2006, with commercial network deployments starting mid-2006 using user devices based on Intel’s next-generation chipsets. These WiMAX networks will seamlessly support the first Intel® Centrino mobile technology based notebooks.
Under the agreement, the companies will share engineering and customer lab resources to develop, integrate and conduct interoperability testing for Alcatel’s WiMAX network infrastructure solutions and Intel’s next-generation WiMAX client silicon meant for wireless devices. Both companies will also actively cooperate to influence and accelerate the standardization, development, implementation and the promotion of the IEEE 802.16e standard.
Service providers will benefit from Intel’s technology and Alcatel’s worldwide reach, its broad range of network solutions and service-enabling applications, and its field-proven end-to-end network integration capabilities in both fixed and mobile environments.
“In the past, the broadband wireless industry has struggled to gain widespread adoption, due in large part to its dependence on incompatible solutions from multiple vendors and the lack of sponsorship from leading silicon and infrastructure suppliers,” commented Michael Thelander, of Signals Research Group, LLC. “The advent of WiMAX and the strategic relationship between Alcatel and Intel addresses these issues and lays the foundation for broadband wireless to succeed.”
“Our ‘make it work’ collaboration with Intel strengthens Alcatel’s commitment to WiMAX. Together, we are set to make mobile WiMAX a reality for the market,” stated Marc Rouanne, chief operating officer of Alcatel’s mobile activities. “Alcatel is committed to help operators enhance the end-user experience through the combination of fixed, wireless and mobile broadband access technologies. As such, WiMAX ideally complements our existing DSL, Wi-Fi, GSM/EDGE, CDMA and UMTS/HSDPA solutions.
“Alcatel plays a key role in the successful deployment and adoption of nomadic and mobile WiMAX networks,” said Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobility Group. “Rolling out new wireless technologies such as WiMAX requires a very close collaboration to ensure there is tight integration and interoperability between the infrastructure and the client. Intel and Alcatel are taking those steps now to help speed the delivery of WiMAX solutions around the world.”
WiMAX is an emerging set of standards aiming at providing broadband connectivity over wireless networks. Beyond fixed wireless access, WiMAX solutions based on the 802.16e standard will support nomadic usages – similar to how users connect via a single Wi-Fi hot spot today – as well as full mobility which allows users to remain connected while traveling between WiMAX “hot zones” like when using a cell phone.
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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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