Paris, October 12, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced its selection by ntl to build their Metro Ethernet Transport Network. ntl, which is the UK’s largest cable company and leading supplier of broadband services to consumers, also provides communications services to 70,000 businesses including more than a third of the FTSE 100. Alcatel’s solution will enable ntl to extend the reach of its business Ethernet services to more than 260 points of presence across the UK.
Alcatel’s IP solution will be at the heart of ntl’s Metro Ethernet Transport Network, which will support its business expansion. The Alcatel solution will expand ntl’s national Ethernet, MPLS IP VPN and services to businesses UK-wide, making it a formidable competitor in the UK market.
In addition Alcatel’s IP solution, based on its 7450 Ethernet Service Switch and 5620 Service Aware Manager, will provide the entire network infrastructure for locally based Ethernet services, and will aggregate other Ethernet-based products and services, such as video-on-demand, digital television, and cable and DSL modem traffic.
ntl has taken a creative approach to getting Ethernet services to its wholesale customers efficiently. A web-based pricing system delivers virtually instantaneous quotations for ntl’s national Ethernet service direct to any PC. Wholesale customers go to www.nationalethernet.com, enter the postcodes of the locations between which the Ethernet connection is required, choose the speed of service they need, and submit their quotation request. Within seconds a detailed quotation arrives in their inbox. The service reflects the ease of use that businesses already familiar with Ethernet in the LAN want, as they embrace Ethernet for the wide area network.
“ntl maintains the highest levels of technical expertise and personal service and we saw a best-of-breed portfolio and similar action-oriented attitude reflected by Alcatel,” said Jerry Iggleden, Director – Network Service Development, “With the largest privately built network in the country, and a significant FTSE 100 customer base, we must deliver the absolute finest performance and reliability. We are confident we can continue to do so as we build out our Metro Ethernet Transport Network based on Alcatel’s solution.
“ntl’s business plans reflect the growing trend amongst service providers to leverage Ethernet as the common technology upon which all services can be based,” said Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel’s IP activities. “Enterprise customers will accept Ethernet as their next-generation managed communication service if it delivers the same levels of reliability and predictability as their current services. This is exactly what the Alcatel solution, based on our IP portfolio, offers ntl and more than 70 other of the world’s most discriminating service providers.”
ntl provides wholesale communications services to fixed and wireless carriers, Internet Service Providers, Systems Integrators and resellers.
· ntl generates annual revenues of over £228 million from wholesale customers and manages the network that powers ntl’s £2 billion business
· ntl owns and operates the UK’s largest network built for the broadband era. Its core spans over 10,857 kilometres and passes a third of all UK homes and its access network covers 88,000km.
· This network is relied on for mission-critical communications by many of the UK’s most demanding customers including all five of the UK’s mobile network operators, major international carriers (e.g. France Telecom and Telstra) and numerous high-profile ISPs.
· The division’s strategy is to empower its wholesale customers with maximum choice and functionality – from broadband to IP services, national to local access, bespoke to ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions – backed by consistent and competitive pricing.
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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