Paris, April 4, 2005 – After obtaining an experimental license from the ART, ADP Télécom is actively launching itself into trials of WiMAX, the new high-speed broadband wireless data transmission standard, and is signing a partnership agreement with Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) to produce the first pilots for professional use in collaboration with its customers, “ADP” (Aéroports de Paris/Paris Airports) and “WFS” (a company in the Vinci Group, airport services leader).
The upgrading of WiMAX towards nomadic functions in the years to come, and its complementarity with a Wi-Fi coverage have boosted ADP Télécom’s interest in this technology. In effect, while Wi-Fi enables a local network to be set up for a building or a public hotspot thereby giving airport professionals access to their specific applications (baggage tracking, car rental, passenger check-in, etc.), the objective of WiMAX is rather to offer these same services over the entire airport (passenger terminals, technical, freight and office areas).
ADP Télécom will manage the pilots, while Alcatel will provide all the equipment necessary for the trials. “We are proud of this new collaboration with Alcatel, an active member of the WiMAX Forum. Alcatel’s global presence, wide range of network solutions and applications allowing the deployment of services, and its expertise in turnkey integration will add value for the customers and speed up the adoption of solutions based on WiMAX”, pointed out Benoît Vedel, ADP Télécom’s Strategy Director.
“Setting up this pilot for Aéroports de Paris will highlight the advantages of WiMAX for professionals working in dense-traffic airport areas, by immediately taking into account the fixed and nomadic aspects of WiMAX,” stated Sylvie Richir, head of broadband wireless access activities at Alcatel. “It also demonstrates the importance of an approach that couples the operators market with the vertical markets for rapid development of WiMAX and initially meets the needs of professional users.”
On the Aéroports de Paris premises at Roissy – where ADP Télécom develops and operates a whole series of communication services and mobility solutions for the airport’s customers -, the WiMAX trials will allow the theoretical data rates and coverages (up to 25 Mb/s and 15 km for a 10 MHz bandwidth) and the nomadic potential of this technology to be tested. Thanks to these pilots, which in particular will enable the professional airport users to measure the benefits of broadband wireless connections, ADP Télécom will be able to anticipate the uses of WiMAX on sites of complex activities, such as airports.
“WiMAX is the technology of the future to meet all the professional needs of enterprises working in the airport industry and with whom we already collaborate”, concludes Benoît Vedel.
About ADP Télécom
ADP Télécom is a telecommunications operator specialized in networks and services for airports and other sites with high volumes of business traffic. ADP Télécom, a member company of the Aéroports de Paris Group, is a service provider offrering an innovative range of solutions to meet corporate requirements: telephony, data transmission, mobile services, multimedia, and technical design. ADP Télécom also develops Wi-Fi-based services and flight information services via SMS that are geared towards the general public. For more information, please visit www.adp-telecom.com.
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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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