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Cable operator Com Hem selects Alcatel’s IP solution for advanced triple play services in Sweden


Paris, April 20, 2006 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that Com Hem, the largest cable TV operator in Sweden, has selected Alcatel’s IP service routing solution for its IP/MPLS-based data backbone network, enabling the operator to offer advanced triple play services across Sweden. Once deployed, Com Hem will be able to run hundreds of broadcast channels, Video on Demand, Voice over IP and data services over the new IP/MPLS network resulting in an exceptional user experience to its customers.

Alcatel’s solution will allow the cable operator to deliver non-stop services to 38 cities in Sweden. Alcatel is also providing a set of professional services including consulting solution design, project management, installation and maintenance.

“With our selection of the Alcatel IP solution and its expertise in triple play, we will strengthen our network in order to meet the growing appetite for more interactive and personalized voice, video and data services in Sweden,” said Martin Kull CTO Com Hem. “The Alcatel solution gives us a competitive edge by giving us a state of the art network with improved overall performance, the highest levels of reliability, and integrated element, service and subscriber management.” In addition the solution allow us to reuse much of our existing DVB infrastructure for broadcast of digital-TV.

“We look forward to this relationship with Com Hem as they build out their network for advanced triple play service delivery,” said Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel’s IP activities. “Alcatel brings to the table an industry-leading portfolio and experience with both cable and phone companies as they transform their networks for the new wave of user-centric communications and entertainment services.”

Com Hem will deploy the Alcatel 7750 Service Router (SR), the industry’s first service router designed and optimized for the delivery of high performance carrier-grade services, and the Alcatel 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM).

Com Hem joins many other top MSOs in Europe who have selected the Alcatel IP portfolio, including ntl in the UK, Telenet in Belgium and AUNA in Spain. Worldwide, Alcatel’s IP portfolio has been selected by more than 100 service providers. In the fourth quarter of 2005, Alcatel held second place worldwide for IP edge aggregation with a market share of 25.8 percent, according to Synergy Research Group.

About Com Hem
Com Hem supplies triple play services that include broadband and telephony to a third of Swedish homes. The connected households have access to top-quality broadband services, affordable services for fixed telephony and the market’s widest range of TV programmes. Com Hem also provides interactive services that facilitate management, communication and maintenance for property owners. The company has around 500 employees with offices in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, Västerås and Härnösand. Com Hem has been owned by The Carlyle Group and Providence Equity since 2006.

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 13.1 billion and 58,000 employees in 2005, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.


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