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China Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent for premium IP service delivery in Shanghai


Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that Shanghai Telecom, a subsidiary of China Telecom, has selected Alcatel-Lucentís IP/MPLS solution for its metro area network expansion and network optimization in the city of Shanghai. Once complete, subscribers of Shanghai Telecom will be able to enjoy a broad suite of premium IP-based services with higher quality and greater flexibility. This contract was won through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucentís flagship Chinese company.

Shanghai Telecom has approximately nine million subscribers creating a huge demand for advanced data services. To meet these requirements and anticipate future growth, Alcatel-Lucent will provide Shanghai Telecom with a state-of-art IP/MPLS solution including its 7750 Service Router and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch.

Once deployed in mid-2007, Shanghai Telecom will be able to offer IP-based services with the Quality of Service required to meet service level agreements for Layer 2 Virtual Private LAN Service as well as Layer 3 IP VPN services, and next-generation network services in the future.

ďMarket demand for advanced data services in Shanghai is increasing at an extremely fast pace,Ē said Zhang Weihua, Chairman of Shanghai Telecomís board. ďIP/MPLS is the strategic direction for network transformation and will help us meet the high expectations of our customers. We believe Alcatel-Lucentís premium IP/MPLS solutions and experience in network transformation will give us a significant advantage as we move to the next phase of our network infrastructure.Ē

ďAlcatel-Lucentís IP solution is gaining tremendous attention from operators across China,Ē said Frederic Rose, President of Alcatel-Lucentís Asia Pacific activities. ďThis contract further demonstrates Shanghai Telecomís confidence in our advanced IP/MPLS solutions as we provide the flexible and service-rich foundation necessary to expand its offerings in line with business and subscriber requirements.Ē

Today, major Chinese operators including China Netcom, China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile have selected Alcatel-Lucentís IP suite of solutions to optimize their networks delivering high-performance, carrier-grade data, voice and video services to their customers. Alcatel-Lucentís IP/MPLS solutions are now serving in the production networks of 33 out of 34 Chinese provinces, regions and municipalities. Shanghai Telecom also joins more than 160 service providers in over 60 countries who have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP portfolio. According to Ovum-RHK, Alcatel-Lucent was #2 in the IP/MPLS Edge market segment in Q4 2006, with 19% market share.


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