Paris, September 7, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has been awarded a contract by Sun Cellular, the mobile brand of Digital Mobile Philippines Inc. (DMPI) in the Philippines, to expand the operator’s GSM/GPRS mobile network capacity and strengthen its position as a national telecommunications service provider in the Philippines. This contract, valued at approximately 18 million Euros, will cover the expansion of Sun Cellular’s network in the metro Manila area and the islands of Luzon and Cebu.
Upon completion of the project in October 2005, Sun Cellular will be able to accommodate as many as 3 million subscribers, a substantial increase over the number of customers it supports today. Sun Cellular will also be in a position to implement solutions that can satisfy the full range of its subscribers’ requirements for innovative mobile data services.
Alcatel will supply, install and commission its Evolium™ GSM/GPRS and EDGE-ready solution, which includes mobile switching and IN solutions. As the Evolium™ solution is based upon open standards and the software is able to be upgraded, network capacity can be increased both rapidly and cost efficiently to meet Sun Cellular’s future growth requirements. In the future, Sun Cellular will have the potential to migrate to a mobile Next Generation Network (mobile NGN) that can support advanced mobile services whilst reducing operation expenses.
“We have decided to entrust the support of our network and service expansion to Alcatel because we recognize Alcatel as the leader in cost effective and evolutionary core networks,” explained Charles Lim, Chief Executive Officer of Digitel Mobile Philippines Inc. (DMPI). “The performance and QoS of the Alcatel packet core network solution is acknowledged by the market and thanks to their innovative solutions, Alcatel can meet our business and technical requirements perfectly,” he added.
Marc Rouanne, Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel’s mobile communications activities, stated, “GSM/GPRS expansion is one of the key drivers for the mobile core market evolving towards NGN. The Alcatel solution is successfully serving extremely demanding operators and we are once again proud to be trusted by Sun Cellular to support them in their business growth. With Alcatel’s leading-edge mobile infrastructure and service solution, we are confident that we can complete the project in the most cost- and time-efficient manner, whilst ensuring service quality.”
Alcatel’s partnering relationship with Sun Cellular dates back to 2001 when Alcatel was asked to provide a complete turnkey solution to build the operator’s GSM/GPRS 1800 MHz network. This extensive project spanned three years. Alcatel’s Evolium™ multi-standard platform integrates all technologies, from GSM/GPRS to EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA, and allows all solutions in one, for a smooth upgrade of existing networks.
About Sun Cellular
Sun Cellular is the mobile brand of Digitel Mobile Philippines Inc. Sun Cellular’s wireless network is a digital GSM network operating on the 1800 MHz frequency band and has access to a total of 15 MHz of frequency for its wireless service. Sun Cellular was commercially launched on March 29, 2003. Sun Cellular aims to achieve critical mass of subscribers by offering a highly differentiated service anchored on superior value for money, network quality, and customer service.
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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