Paris, October 11, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris : CGEP.PA and NYSE : ALA) has today signed an agreement with NextGenTel, one of the leading service providers in Norway, to conduct its first field-trial of WiMAX in Oslo and Bergen.
Under the terms of this agreement, Alcatel will supply, install and support NexGenTel with its WiMAX end-to-end solution. Selected customers will benefit from wireless broadband internet access with a symmetric or asymmetric data throughput of several Mb/s per user, within a distance of up to 20 kilometers from the WiMAX base station.
WiMAX is a new set of standards aimed at providing broadband connectivity through wireless networks for fixed and nomadic use in both urban and rural areas. Thus, it can offer broadband access where DSL is unavailable for technical or economic reasons or a last-mile alternative to unbundling for operators who are offering a combination of voice and broadband access offers.
Olav Stokke, Managing Director of NextGenTel stated: “We see great potential in the WiMAX technology, and have therefore acquired nearly one third of the licences throughout Norway. Alcatel has been selected because of its complete broadband access solution, and its strong commitment to the development and integration of WiMAX equipment. ”
“WiMAX will be a major broadband access technology within the next years, and we are very pleased to have entered into this agreement with NextGenTel, one of the fastest growing and future oriented operators in the Nordic countries. We are ready to help NextGenTel meet their target of offering the market a combined fixed-mobile solution.”, added Marc Rouanne, Chief operating officer of Alcatel’s mobile communications activities.
NextGenTel is a “next-generation telecom company”. Since March 2000, NextGenTel has established itself as the clear number two broadband and xDSL player in Norway – the incumbent’s main challenger – and one of the fastest growing private xDSL operators in Europe. NextGenTel’s vision is to provide broadband access and solutions to residential and corporate customers. By building a robust and powerful network, with IP based solutions all the way to the customer, broadband can be used for multiple purposes and services. The Company has HQ in Bergen, Norway, and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker “NEXT”. Company web site at http://www.nextgentel.com.
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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