Alcatel to provide Sprint with global optical networking platform

July 31, 2002--Alcatel today announced that Sprint has selected its cross-connect technology for implementation in their international Internet Protocol (IP) network.

Alcatel today announced that Sprint has selected its cross-connect technology for implementation in their international Internet Protocol (IP) network. Per the agreement, Sprint will install the Alcatel 1630 GSX (global synchronous cross-connect) in Europe and Asia Pacific.

Alcatel's 1630 GSX is a versatile cross-connect, designed to support both SONET and SDH. It manages both voice rate and higher rate private line services from a single platform, say company representatives. This dual functionality provides Sprint with greater efficiencies from a single product, reducing the need for extensive equipment purchases. During the second half of 2002, Sprint will deploy Alcatel's 1630 GSX in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, France, China, Japan, Singapore, and Australia.

"Choosing Alcatel's 1630 GSX is a natural choice for us as we expand our network throughout the world," asserts Andy Croughan, the assistant vice president of Sprint's international network services. "Alcatel has a long history of providing networking solutions and we believe those solutions are integral to our success as a global network operator."

"We know what it takes to make our customers successful as they expand their networks globally," adds Chris Stark, vice president of Alcatel's optical networks activity in North America. "Sprint's global network is a class act, and Alcatel looks forward to supporting them with our global experience as they continue to grow."

Alcatel has collaborated with Sprint on optical networking projects since 1999.

For more information about Alcatel (Paris), visit the company's Web site at www.alcatel.com.

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