Paris, October 26, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced it has been selected by China Netcom, a leading fixed telecom service provider in China, to carry out a full-scale, nationwide network evolution towards Next Generation Network (NGN). According to the agreement, Alcatel will deploy a nationwide long-distance NGN trial network covering all 31 provinces of China, as well as deploying tandem and local NGN networks in two provinces. The agreement was signed through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel’s flagship Chinese company.
Alcatel will provide its comprehensive IP multimedia subsystem (IMS)-compliant NGN solution including the Alcatel 5020 Softswitch, the Alcatel 7500 family of media gateways and the Alcatel multi-service access gateways providing the link between the worlds of voice and broadband. Upon completion of the deployment, China Netcom customers will immediately be able to enjoy a host of next generation voice over IP and enhanced communication services.
As part of the agreement, Alcatel will also support Chine Netcom in transforming its existing fixed network in Heilongjiang Province to intelligence network with NGN technology. The transformation will enable the operator to provide new value-added fixed services with improved intelligence and enhanced mobility. In addition, Alcatel will deploy a new NGN network in Tianjin city for delivery of converged voice and broadband services.
“These projects further reinforce our leading position in China’s NGN market,” said Gerard Dega, President of Alcatel Shanghai Bell. “Alcatel has a wide NGN expertise and deployment experience in the world. With our deep understanding of China market needs and end-to-end solution portfolio, we will work closely with our customers to deliver high quality services to end-users.”
Alcatel is a leading NGN solutions provider in China whether for leading telecom operators, government organizations or enterprises in China. Globally, more than 90 NGN projects have been undertaken by Alcatel to date including operators such as British Telecom, Asia Pacific Telecom Group (Taiwan) and Telekom Austria.
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.
About China Netcom
A major state-owned enterprise, China Netcom Corporation Ltd. was co-established by the local telecom companies in 10 provinces, autonomous regions or municipalities directly under the central government, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Henan, Shandong, China Netcom (Holding) Co.,Ltd. Other corporations include South-eastern Communications Corp., China Network Communications (Holding) Co.,Ltd. Jitong Communications Limited Liability Company and other holding and sharing holding companies.
With fixed assets of more than 220 billion RMB, China Netcom Corporation Ltd provides a variety of domestic and international fixed telecom network services and facilities, including wireless local loop, telecom network-based voice, data, image and multimedia communications and information services, as well as corresponding system integration and technical development. It also promotes domestic and overseas investment and financing opportunities, as well as other operations approved by the state.
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