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Sea-Me-We 4 submarine cable network inaugurated in Dubai


Paris, December 13, 2005 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA et NYSE: ALA), the world leader in submarine networks, today participated in the ceremony hosted by Etisalat for the inauguration of the Sea-Me-We 4 submarine cable network which took place in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. After extensive provisional acceptance tests, Sea-Me-We 4, for which Alcatel had the turnkey responsibility with its co-contractor Fujitsu, is now ready to carry live traffic and to meet the fast growing needs from South East Asia, Indian subcontinent, Middle-Eastern countries and Europe.

Completed in 18 months, the Sea-Me-We 4 submarine cable network nearly spans 20,000 km - approximately half of the circumference of the globe - linking 14 countries from Singapore to France and relying on 16 landing points. This system is designed to last 25 years with full reliability, and with 32 times the initial capacity of the previous Sea-Me-We 3 system, which was installed in 1998.

Sea-Me-We 4 is operated by 16 carriers and deploys Alcatel’s submarine and terrestrial optical networking solutions based on the most advanced technologies delivered to the market. Alcatel had the turnkey responsibility of this state-of-the-art network from design to laying for the segments 2, 3, 4 linking Mumbai to Marseilles, as well as the overall responsibility for the SDH end-to-end realization

“We are proud to have contributed to the Sea-Me-We 4 project, which dramatically increases the communciations capabilities in the Indian and Middle-East region” said Jean Godeluck, president of Alcatel’s submarine network activity. “This achievement further demonstrates Alcatel’s ability to support its customers demand in their tight deployment plans with advanced technological expertise, backed by a turnkey approach to complex submarine projects.”

Alcatel has played a key role in the development and implementation of the most important submarine cable networks in operation today. Leveraging over 150 years of expertise in the submarine business, Alcatel has laid over 450,000 km of submarine cables, connecting every continent from Europe to Asia, spanning the length of the Americas and across the Pacific.

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 12.3 billion and 56,000 employees in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.

About the co-operation between Alcatel and the Sea-Me-We consortia
Alcatel and the Sea-Me-We consortia have been cooperating since Sea-Me-We 1 and 2. This cooperation continued onwards in 1997 when Sea-Me-We 3 was launched. Initially connecting South East Asia, Middle East and Western Europe, it links Far East Asia, South East Asia, Australia, South Asia, Middle East, Southern, Western and Northern Europe. It crosses the Seven Seas, spanning approximately 40,000 km. The Sea-Me-We 4 network gathers 16 telecommunications carriers, with traffic connections between 16 landing points along the route: Algerie Telecom S.p.A, Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board, Bharti Infotel Limited, CAT Telecom Public Company Limited, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation - ETISALAT, France Telecom S.A., MCI International Inc., Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited, Saudi Telecom Company, Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd, Telecom Egypt, Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A, Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Tunisie Telecom and Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited.


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