Fiji government selects Alcatel for a Euro 16 million e-government program
Paris, November 2, 2006 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has been selected by the Fiji government as the sole provider of an advanced information and communications solution for an e-government program. This program, which started on October 2, 2006, will increase the Fiji administration’s efficiency and enable better policy outcomes as well as improve services delivery to the general public and greater interaction with citizens. The contract is valued at approximately 16 million Euros. The contract was won through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel’s flagship Chinese company.
As the sole communication solution provider, Alcatel together with National Computer Systems (NCS) of Singapore, and Fiji Government Implementation Agency Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS) will provide turnkey services to the Fiji government, including consulting, program design, implementation, management and maintenance as well as training. Upon the completion of the project in 2008, Fijian ministries, businesses, and citizens will be encouraged to directly access the information and services online and participate in the governance process.
The project also includes a private IP voice and data communication solution, as well as IT platforms, including security and network management.
“The objective of the Fiji e-government program, at the broadest level, is to improve social productivity, economic growth, employment creation and quality of life for our citizens. The project is not only visionary, but also comprehensive and tailored to answer the needs of Fiji today,” said Ratu Jone Kubuabola, Fiji’s Minister for Finance and National Planning.
“We will fully leverage Alcatel’s strong expertise in e-government projects and in integration services worldwide to help Fiji reach their objectives in terms of social and economic development and growth of the country, thus enabling all to benefit from the innovative e-services that will be delivered,” said Gérard Dega, President of Alcatel Shanghai Bell.
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: http://www.alcatel.com
About Alcatel’s Integration and Services activities
Alcatel offers a comprehensive portfolio of services to all telecom carriers (fixed and mobile) as well as to industries and public sectors (energy, transport, public sectors, defense and security). To meet the increasing customer demand for a strategic and flexible services partner, Alcatel’s services cover both multi-vendor and multi-technology communications networks and are designed to meet specific customer requirements. Alcatel can take responsibility - both locally and throughout the world- for some or all of the network design, build, systems and OSS integration, deployment, security, operation and maintenance. With its combined expertise in software integration, network operations, and telecom technology, Alcatel offers a complete portfolio of OSS solutions (service fulfilment, service assurance, billing and customer care) built on best-in-class software vendors and adapted to the customers’ information systems and a full set of services covering the entire project life cycle. Alcatel helps customers to streamline their operations through the automation of critical business and operational processes, and to optimize a legacy environment while securing the introduction of new technology.
About Alcatel Shanghai Bell
Alcatel Shanghai Bell is the first foreign-invested company limited by shares in the telecommunications sector in China, with Alcatel holding 50%+1 shares and Chinese shareholders holding the remainder.The multi-billion dollar telecom technology leader delivers end-to-end telecommunications solutions and high-quality services, covering the fixed, mobile networking, broadband access, intelligent optical networking, multimedia solutions and network applications. It also has a key international R&D center with full access to Alcatel’s global technology pool, developing original technology for use in China and export to Alcatel’s customers worldwide. With 6,500 employees, an advanced manufacturing center, and the most extensive sales and support network in China, it is the only company capable of meeting the global needs of Chinese customers. For more information, visit Alcatel Shanghai Bell on the Internet at http://www.alcatel-sbell.com.cn
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