Paris, September 5, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has been selected by Vodafone Spain, one of the main operators of the Vodafone Group, to implement a Multimedia Gateway Platform over a UMTS solution, that will allow the service provider to offer advanced broadband video services linking mobile and fixed users.
Alcatel’s video gateway solution will manage the video services traffic, such as video telephony, between broadband mobile and fixed devices, thus allowing Vodafone’s 3G/UMTS mobile users to make a videophone call to anyone connected to the Internet using a webcam-equipped PC. Similarly, it will be possible for 3G phone users to receive video calls from PC users.
Through the use of PCs already equipped with webcams as a base, this new service will contribute to the acceleration of Vodafone Spain’s growing 3G subscribers base take off. Mobile video services represent real opportunities for mobile operators to increase their revenues and stand apart from their competitors, whilst satisfying end-users’ demands for personalized, interactive services that enable them to share images and emotions.
“Vodafone is the world’s leading mobile operator, with a clear edge over the competition where the best and most innovative services are concerned,” declared Fernando Molina, Director of Contents Services from Vodafone Spain. “Thanks to Alcatel’s expertise in fixed and mobile converged broadband services, our 3G subscribers can now enjoy the excitement of both seeing and talking to the millions of PC users not only in Spain but also elsewhere.”
“Alcatel stands at the forefront of innovative video services that really answer users’ growing needs of video interactivity, whether they are at home, at the office or on the move,” declared Marc Rouanne, Chief operating officer of Alcatel’s mobile communications activities. “With our complete portfolio of applications solutions, and our in-house expertise and experience of service integration, we are committed to helping our clients succeed in the video services competition.”
Vodafone Spain is part of Vodafone Group Plc, the world’s leading mobile communications company with a presence in 27 countries and Partner Networks in a further 14 countries, spanning 5 continents. Providing a full range of mobile telecommunications services, including voice and data communications, Vodafone currently serves more than 165 million proportionate customers worldwide. More than 11.8 million Vodafone customers in Spain benefit from the experience and capabilities of a World leading company helping individuals, businesses and communities to be more connected in a mobile world. Vodafone is a truly global organisation, recognised worldwide for its quality of service and product innovation. Vodafone’s latest global service offering, Vodafone live! with 3G opens up a world of mobile colour communication offering messages with photos and videos, as well as television, videogames, polyphonic ring tones and real music, news, e-mail, chat and location-based services. Vodafone live! is available in 22 countries and currently has over 32.4 million active customers worldwide.For more information, visit Vodafone on the Internet: www.vodafone.com and www.live.vodafone.es
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 and 56,000 employees in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.
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