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Alcatel recognized as one of top 20 companies to watch in Enterprise space in 2006 by VoIP Magazine


Paris, January 12, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA AND NYSE: ALA) today announced that it was selected as one of the top 20 companies to watch in 2006 by VoIP Magazine in its January issue. VoIP Magazine recognized companies for possessing the ability to spur IP communications adoption, being well positioned to introduce technology and service innovations, holding key strategic partnerships, and developing practical solutions that fill immediate marketplace needs.

“Alcatel’s ability to look at and innovate on the entire lifecycle of voice-over-IP – from enterprise to service provider to the manufacture of boards and chips – really sets them apart from many vendors,” said Bryan Richard, editor-in-chief of VoIP Magazine. “Alcatel is already a leader in the enterprise IP-PBX market, and we expect that they will expand on that position in 2006.”

According to VoIP Magazine, “A lot of companies can provide VoIP equipment, but it takes a company with global reach to help the technology penetrate the furthest reaches of the world. No vendor better exemplifies that ability than Alcatel, which provides VoIP and hybrid VoIP/TDM solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers, and enterprises both as a direct seller and as a business partner to resellers.”

“Alcatel is honored to be named to the VoIP Magazine 20 Companies to Watch list,” said Jean-Christophe Giroux, president of Alcatel Enterprise activities. “To be recognized in the industry by a leading publication like VoIP Magazine validates our strategy to deliver flexible and user-centric IP communication solutions to the full spectrum of customers based on their size, geography and business needs.”

With more than 500,000 customers, Alcatel is a leading provider of enterprise IP communication and networking solutions to small, medium, and large enterprises, as well as to public sector institutions worldwide. Alcatel’s enterprise portfolio provides business communication applications, including unified communications and contact centers, an advanced IP telephony offering, and high-performance IP networking products. Alcatel’s enterprise solutions deliver an enhanced competitive edge to businesses of all sizes by increasing customer satisfaction, employee productivity, and operational efficiencies.

About the VoIP Magazine 20: Companies to Watch
The VoIP Magazine 20: Companies to Watch feature the leading IP vendors that are driving the next-generation of telecommunications. The VoIP Magazine 20 selects companies that have the ability to spur both enterprise and service provider adoption, are technology and service innovators, and develop practical solutions for the emerging communications market. Please visit for more information.

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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