Alcatel and Samsung cooperate for Mobile WiMAX end-to-end solutions
Paris, February 8, 2006 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Samsung Electronics (Seoul KSE: 005930 and London GDR: SMSN) today announced that they agreed to cooperate on interoperability between Alcatel’s Mobile WiMAX infrastructure based on the IEEE 802.16e standard (referred to as WiBro in Korea) and Samsung’s mobile WiMAX terminals. This strategic cooperation will allow both companies to accelerate the introduction of Mobile WiMAX (WiBro) solutions for the global market.
The interoperability tests will target the second half of 2006 for the introduction of a fully interoperable Mobile WiMAX (referred to as WiBro in Korea) solution. This will enable the world-wide audience to access the high speed broadband services from a mobile device at multi-megabit speeds as a complement to fixed and mobile networks.
Furthermore, Alcatel and Samsung will jointly collaborate on standardization activities within the WiMAX Forum, IEEE and 3GPP.
“Samsung is leading the way to Mobile WiMAX (WiBro) and contributing to the standardization of IEEE 802.16e,” stated President Kitae Lee of Samsung’s Telecommunication Network Business. “Through the cooperation with a leading telecommunication player such as Alcatel, Samsung will speed up the commercial availability of powerful Mobile WiMAX solutions for the global market.”
“Alcatel has always stood at the forefront of WiMAX, which is one of the key pillars of our user-centric broadband strategy,” added Marc Rouanne, Chief operating officer of Alcatel’s mobile communications activities. “Our new strategic cooperation with Samsung reinforces our Mobile WiMAX ecosystem and will accelerate the end user’s ability to experience seamless broadband connectivity on the move.”
For Alcatel, this new initiative is an important step to accelerate the WiMAX market worldwide.
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113,600 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com
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.
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