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Alcatel Alenia Space delivers Earth observation satellite data acquisition systems to China


Paris, January 11, 2006 — Alcatel Alenia Space today announced the delivery of Earth observation data acquisition systems to the China State Radio Monitoring Center (CSRMC), the national Chinese network of Earth observation stations. This equipment will be located in three satellite data reception stations operated by the CSRMC.

“The contract signed with Integrated Systems strengthens Alcatel Alenia Space’s position in the growing Chinese market,” says Alain Van Doninck, Managing Director of Alcatel Alenia Space in Antwerp, Belgium. “Our experience and drive for innovation, supported by funds of the Belgian Federal Science Office and under the technical supervision of the European Space Agency made possible the development of this solution. Our system ranks amongst the world’s most powerful and flexible solutions for earth observation data acquisition.”

“We are convinced that this state-of-the-art solution will contribute to the success of our business”, said Charles Sun, Managing Director of Integrated Systems Ltd.“ Covering the future needs in the Earth observation satellite data acquisition domain, the Alcatel Alenia Space engineers demonstrated their outstanding innovation skills, fully supporting our goals.”

Alcatel Alenia Space has developed over the last 25 years a strong experience in satellite data acquisition systems. The Alcatel 9910 OMNISAT is the core element of earth observation ground stations. It handles data transmission rates up to 500 Mbit/s in a wide range of modulation and decoding schemes. The product meets all requirements of today’s station operators facing the increasing offer of Earth observation satellites and receiving the highest data rates applicable in Remote Sensing satellites. The multi-mission solution provided through the Alcatel 9910 OMNISAT allows the ’station operator’ to reduce drastically the cost of ownership, applying a single reception chain for data acquisition of a wide range of satellites.

About Alcatel Alenia Space
Alcatel Alenia Space is the European leader in satellite systems, at the forefront of orbit infrastructures. Created in July 2005, the company brings together the vast experience and know-how of Alcatel Space and Alenia Spazio to form a new leading force in European space technology. Alcatel Alenia Space represents a worldwide standard for space development that impacts everybody’s future: from navigation to telecommunications, from meteorology to environmental monitoring, from defence to science and observation. An affiliate of Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) (67%) and Finmeccanica (Milan:SIFI.MI, FNC.IM) (33%), Alcatel Alenia Space generated an estimated turnover of 1.8 billion euros with around 7,200 people in 2004.

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.


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