Neuf Cegetel installs Alcatel-Lucent's GPON systems

OCTOBER 8, 2007 -- Neuf Cegetel, a French alternative service provider, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a GPON for very high-speed services.

OCTOBER 8, 2007 -- Neuf Cegetel (search for Neuf Cegetel), a French alternative service provider, has selected Alcatel-Lucent (search for Alcatel-Lucent) to deploy a GPON for very high-speed services. Neuf Cegetel will build an all-fiber access network, enabling triple-play services -- including HDTV on multiple TV sets -- to enrich user experiences via multimedia services.

Alcatel-Lucent will also be responsible for project management, installation, and maintenance services and will provide its 7342 ISAM Fiber to the User (FTTU) equipment, including the new optical network terminal (ONT) in the home. First deployments began this past summer.

"Neuf Cegetel is currently deploying a FTTx network in various French cities. Part of this network will rely on GPON technology and Alcatel-Lucent's strong leadership in this field will support us in offering advanced triple-play services to our customers," said Francois Paulus, general manager of Neuf Cegetel's broadband division. "It is also essential for us to deploy a mature solution that can support large-scale deployments of such very high speed services."

Neuf Cegetel operates its own national network infrastructure, comprising nearly 45,000 km of optical fiber, and has invested heavily in the rollout of its DSL access network. This means that Neuf Cegetel is in a position to sell directly to 70% of the target population. Neuf Cegetel has a presence in all market segments, providing a wide range of innovative services to residential and corporate customers, and to telecoms and Internet service providers. Neuf Cegetel, whose two key shareholders are Louis Dreyfus and SFR, reported revenues of 2,897 million euros in 2006.

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