Alcatel Optronics and Laser 2000 partner to distribute opto-electronic components in Europe

Mar. 13, 2001--Alcatel Optronics, a supplier of opto-electronic components for telecommunication networks, and Laser 2000, a specialist distributor of components and instrumentation for telecommunication networks, have signed an agreement to develop the distribution of leading-edge optical modules and sub-systems in Europe.

Alcatel Optronics (Paris: CGO; NASDAQ: ALAO), a supplier of opto-electronic components for telecommunication networks, and Laser 2000, a specialist distributor of components and instrumentation for telecommunication networks, have signed an agreement to develop the distribution of leading-edge optical modules and sub-systems in Europe.

Through this partnership, Alcatel Optronics will be able to extend its services to clients on a localized basis thanks to the presence of Laser 2000 in several European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and, shortly, Italy. The agreement will also allow Laser 2000 to enrich its product catalogue with opto-electronic components for optical telecommunication networks. All Laser 2000's sales & support teams will receive technical training concerning Alcatel Optronics products in order to optimize client support.

About Laser 2000:

Laser 2000 is the European specialist in distribution and representation for high-technology components and instrumentation for telecommunications networks. Laser 2000 has offices in Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart, Dresden, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Northampton and Stockholm. For more information, visit www.laser2000.com

About Alcatel Optronics

Alcatel Optronics designs, manufactures and markets integrated optical components, modules and sub-systems used in terrestrial and submarine optical telecommunications networks. For more information, visit www.alcatel.com/optronics.

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