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Taiwan’s APTG to enhance transport network with Alcatel’s optical solution


Paris, August 16, 2006 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) announced today that it has signed a contract with Asia Pacific Telecom Group (APTG) - a leading incumbent operator offering fixed and 3G mobile services, and cable TV services - to upgrade and expand its existing network in Taiwan with Alcatel’s optical transport solution. The project will allow APTG to support new Ethernet-based applications for addressing the increased traffic requirements of research institutions, as well as to enhance mobile traffic backhaul capabilities.

Alcatel will deploy its optical multi-service and dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technologies, enabling APTG to significantly increase its network capacity, flexibility and performance. The Alcatel solution will be based on its 1626 Light Manager (LM) multi-reach DWDM system that maximizes the capacity of core optical networks, while lowering the overall transmission cost per bit.

Additionally, Alcatel will supply its data-aware Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) providing APTG with a single platform optimized to aggregate multiple traffic types and backhaul the mobile traffic, carried over the APTG CDMA network, from base stations to the core. Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel will also upgrade its Alcatel 1350 management suite - which allows the management of packet, TDM and wavelength connectivity services – further enabling operational cost-savings.

“Fixed-mobile convergence is taking place in Taiwan, throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and APTG is further enhancing its network and expanding its service offering,” stated Vincent Chih, Chief Technology Officer of APTG. “Alcatel’s leadership in optical networking will help us leverage advanced features and give our customers access to the most advanced services and technologies available.”

“As end-users increasingly request fixed and mobile voice, data and video services, operators need enhanced network capabilities to support their delivery, while continuing to guarantee the highest quality,” said Romano Valussi, President of Alcatel’s optical networking activities. “Alcatel’s optical technology will help APTG benefit from higher flexibility and reliability to cope with its growing end-user service demands.”

This achievement strengthens Alcatel’s position in Asia-Pacific and further reinforces its successful cooperation with APTG, which dates back to May 2000, when Alcatel was selected as vendor of choice for the deployment of APTG’s transmission network.

About Asia Pacific Telecom Group (APTG)
APTG consists of Asia Pacific Broadband Telecom Co., Ltd. (APBT), Asia Pacific Online (APOL), and Asia Pacific Broadband Wireless (APBW). APTG has composed a value chain of broadband networks in the industries of wireline, wireless and Internet services. APTG operates its broadband telecom businesses by following the principles of convergence, innovation, and speed to achieve the success in the telecom market.

About Alcatel
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 13.1 billion and 58,000 employees in 2005, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit Alcatel on the Internet:



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