Alcatel-Lucent supports SingTel’s IPTV technical trial
Paris, December 7, 2006 — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been selected by Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), Southeast Asia’s largest telecommunications operator, for its Internet protocol television (IPTV) trial, which began in October 2006. Based on a combination of Alcatel-Lucent’s services integration solution and Microsoft TV® IPTV Edition software platform, the project will include broadcast TV and video on demand (VoD), with content featuring high definition (HD)-quality picture resolution.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide SingTel with an end-to-end IPTV solution and will use the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software platform to offer an enhanced user experience, enabling user-friendly features like instant channel change, multiple picture-in-picture and personal video recorder (PVR) functionality (such as one-touch recording and pausing live TV). Alcatel-Lucent will also provide a complete services integration solution that brings together the network infrastructure, software platforms and integration skill sets required to deliver a superior user experience.
Alcatel-Lucent is working closely with SingTel to develop an array of useful applications, including audio support in different languages, music-on-demand, karaoke-on-demand, customer self-service (allowing users to subscribe to new services and make account modifications) and bill viewing.
Alcatel-Lucent’s solution also includes HP ProLiant servers and video headend systems from Harmonic Inc. SingTel is using Harmonic’s HD and SD real-time MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) DiviCom® Electra™ video encoders, CLEARcut™ offline storage encoding solution and NMX Digital Service Manager™.
“We are very excited about the launch of our IPTV technical trial,” said Mr Low Ka Hoe, SingTel’s Director of IPTV and Content. “SingTel is confident that Alcatel-Lucent’s telecom expertise and experience in deploying end-to-end IPTV networks and integrating the Harmonic and Microsoft solution, will go far in ensuring the success of this trial.
“Offering an advanced IPTV solution ensures that SingTel will continue to lead the way as one of Asia-Pacific’s most innovative operators,” said Frederic Rose, Head of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Asia Pacific. “Alcatel-Lucent and SingTel are also working together on other value-added applications that will allow consumers to enjoy a better TV experience.”
"We are delighted that SingTel has chosen Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent to deliver next-generation TV services for their technical trial,” said Enrique Rodriguez, corporate vice president, Microsoft TV. “The future of television is personal and connected, and IPTV allows service providers to uniquely differentiate their service offerings. We look forward to working with Alcatel-Lucent and SingTel to bring an exciting new generation of TV and entertainment experiences to consumers in Singapore.”
In June 2006, SingTel selected Alcatel-Lucent for the first ever Gigabit Passive Optical Networking (GPON) trial in the Asia Pacific region and the first residential Metro Ethernet trial in Singapore.
Alcatel-Lucent is the industry leader in providing purpose-built technology solutions and services integration that allow carriers to reduce the cost and complexity associated with large scale deployments. Alcatel-Lucent is involved in more than 40 major triple play deployments and more than 40 network transformation projects worldwide.
SingTel is Asia’s leading communications group with operations and investments around the world. Serving both the corporate and consumer markets, it is committed to bringing the best of global communications to customers in the Asia Pacific and beyond. With significant operations in Singapore and Australia (through wholly-owned subsidiary SingTel Optus), the Group provides a comprehensive portfolio of services that include voice and data services over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms. To serve the needs of multi-national corporations, SingTel has a network of 37 offices in 19 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. These offices enable SingTel to deliver reliable and quality network solutions to its customers, either on its own or jointly with local partners. The Group also has major investments in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Together with its regional partners, SingTel is Asia’s largest multi-market mobile operator, serving 85 million customers in seven markets. SingTel employs about 20,000 people worldwide and had a turnover of SGD13.14 billion (USD 8.12 billion) and net profit after tax of SGD 4.16 billion (USD 2.57 billion) for the year ended 31 March 2006. More information can be found at www.singtel.com and www.optus.com.au.
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With 79,000 employees and operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved proforma combined revenues of Euro 18.6 billion in 2005, and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
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