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Vodafone Group signs a Global Framework Agreement with Alcatel as a Global Supplier


Paris, October 11, 2006 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP. PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced it has signed a Global Framework Agreement with the Vodafone Group to supply an end-to-end portfolio of product and service solutions to the Vodafone operating companies worldwide.

Thanks to the breadth and scope of Alcatel’s product portfolio and its end-to-end solutions, this new partnership will help Vodafone to achieve its strategic goals by providing Vodafone operating companies with the option to leverage Alcatel’s products where there is a strategic fit.

Detlef Schultz, Global Supply Chain Director of the Vodafone Group commented: "In order to realise new business opportunities across the Group in a co-ordinated and focused way it is often important to put in place global agreements that our operating companies can leverage. Technology is no exception and will play a key part in delivering our strategic aims. Alcatel’s global reach and its competitive, diverse portfolio across various technologies, will help us to maximise our networks’ potential and deliver on our customers’ future and current needs right across the Group.

Marc Rouanne, President of Alcatel’s mobile communications activities stated: “To receive such prestigious recognition from the Vodafone Group reinforces Alcatel’s position as a key player in shaping the future of telecoms networks.”

Alcatel offers solutions and capabilities to support the innovations that will enable telecoms operators to continually evolve their networks and accelerate the delivery of innovative and differentiating services to their customers.

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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