Alcatel scores strategic 3G win in Cambodia
Paris, February 1, 2006 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that is has been awarded a contract to provide a 3G/UMTS mobile network to CamGSM (Mobitel), the leading telecommunications service provider in Cambodia. Through this win, Alcatel solidifies its position as CamGSM’s primary provider of telecommunications solutions and sole supplier of mobile radio access solutions, and delivers yet another 3G/UMTS mobile network in the Asia Pacific region.
The 3G/UMTS network is planned for delivery in First Half 2006. It will enable CamGSM to offer its customers high-bandwidth wireless services such as live streaming of mobile TV channels. It also establishes the operator as a regional leader in providing advanced wireless solutions.
Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel will provide CamGSM with radio access and core network equipment, as well as video telephony and streaming applications. It will smoothly integrate these elements into CamGSM’s existing GSM/EDGE network, also provided by Alcatel.
Leveraging its natively multi-standard design, the Alcatel Evolium® multi-standard radio access solution enables seamless coexistence of GSM/EDGE and 3G capabilities in the same radio equipment. Furthermore, thanks to its built-in software modularity, the solution will subsequently allow a smooth software-based introduction of HSDPA and HSUPA when the local market requires these functionalities, thus enabling a future-safe and cost-effective path for the operator.
“We selected Alcatel after a thorough evaluation of various vendors. Alcatel’s evolutionary multi-standard solution will enable us to cost-effectively introduce the innovative and revenue-generating 3G services that will sustain our business in the long term,” said Neak Okhna Kith Meng , Chairman of CamGSM. “Concurrently, we believe that by upgrading our 2G/2.5G network to 3G, we are anticipating our customers needs and contributing to the development of Cambodia,” he added.
“This 3G win perfectly illustrates the value of Alcatel’s multi-standard Evolium concept and software-centric approach when it comes to bridging the digital divide in fast-growing markets such as Cambodia,” said Marc Rouanne, Chief operating officer of Alcatel’s mobile communications activities. “Alcatel’s significant footprint and continued growth in major emerging markets throughout the world puts us in an ideal position to support their evolution towards EDGE and 3G in a flexible and cost-effective manner, thus playing a pivotal role in making services such as educational videos and personalized mobile TV widely available.”
Alcatel has been a long-standing provider of telecommunications services to CamGSM. In 2005, Alcatel provided CamGSM with a complete solution that allowed the operator to significantly expand and upgrade its GSM/EDGE network.
Established in 1996, CamGSM Company Ltd. operates a GSM 900 and 1800 mobile network in Cambodia under the trade name of MobiTel. CamGSM is jointly owned by a leading Cambodian consortium, the Royal Group, and Millicom International S.A., a Luxembourg-based corporation with interests in cellular operators in 20 countries. MobiTel is the largest Telecom Service provider in Cambodia with coverage in all provinces of Cambodia.
For more information: http://www.mobitel.com.kh
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.
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