Paris, October 26, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced it has signed an 87 million Euro contract with TA Orange, a leading mobile operator in Thailand, to expand and upgrade TA Orange’s GSM/GPRS/EDGE mobile network. With this win Alcatel further strengthens its position as TA Orange’s mobile solutions provider in Thailand. The contract was won through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel’s Chinese flagship company.
TA Orange is one of Thailand’s key mobile operators with 14% market share and more than 4 million mobile subscribers. With this project, TA Orange will be able to expand its customer base with prepaid mobile services. Upon the completion of the project during the first half of 2006, TA Orange’s GSM network will extend its coverage to over 90% of the population.
Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel will provide its industry-proven EvoliumTM GSM/GPRS/EDGE radio access solutions, including all elements of the Base Station Sub-system (BSS) as well as Intelligent Network (IN) applications, microwave and optical Transmission equipment.
“Alcatel has been our long-standing strategic partner and has helped us position ourselves strongly in the Thai mobile market,” Supachai Chearavanont, President & CEO of TA Orange, said. “Today, thanks to Alcatel’s state-of-the art solution and high level of service, we are able to extend our network capacity and provide even higher quality mobile service to meet the rapidly increasing demand from our customers.”
“This is the second contract for mobile infrastructure expansion TA Orange has awarded Alcatel in the last six months, and at the same time a clear affirmation of the value of our solutions and of our user centric vision,” stated Marc Rouanne, Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel’s mobile communications activities.
Alcatel’s Evolium™ multi-standard platform natively integrates all GSM-based mobile technologies, from GSM/GPRS to EDGE, 3G/UMTS and HSDPA, and allows all solutions in one, for a smooth upgrade of existing networks.
About TA Orange
TA Orange, whose major shareholder is True Corporation Plc, Thailand’s most integrated telecommunications company and solutions provider, offers innovative and high-quality wirefree™ communications services on its nationwide 1800 MHz network to 4 million customers (August 2005) throughout Thailand. TA Orange’s vision is to create a pioneering wirefree™ future where people can communicate wherever, whenever, and however they wish. The company delivers superior coverage, quality, and service represented by its values: straightforward, honest, dynamic, refreshing and friendly. Leveraging its relationships with True Corporation and the CP Group, TA Orange offers unique integrated products and services to the Thai market. For more information, visit www.orange.co.th or www.truecorp.co.th.
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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