Deutsche Telekom expands its network with Alcatel optical fiber

July 20, 2001--Alcatel, a provider of intelligent optical networking, announced a three-year deal with Deutsche Telekom AG, a German telecommunications operator.

Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA), a provider of intelligent optical networking, announced a three-year deal with Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), a German telecommunications operator. Alcatel will supply Deutsche Telekom with 1.2 million kilometers of cabled optical fiber through 2003, with the first deliveries starting in the middle of this year. Deutsche Telekom has been a major customer of Alcatel's solutions for a number of years.

Deutsche Telekom will deploy Alcatel's single-mode optical fiber cables as part of the company's ongoing plans to upgrade and expand its optical networking capabilities. This deal further extends Alcatel optical solutions throughout Deutsche Telekom's operations. The project will use optical cables with 8 to 196 individual standard single-mode fibers (SSMF), a commonly used type of optical fiber. Alcatel's SSMF ensure high performance by keeping both attenuation and dispersion extremely low, optimizing its operation in terms of distance and capacity for a wide range of applications, including multimedia, interactive television and teleshopping.

Alcatel has a complete portfolio of optical fiber solutions including SSMF, Multimode fiber and its advanced Non Zero-Dispersion Shifted Fibers (NZ-DSF), TeraLight Metro and TeraLight Ultra. These two products are based on Alcatel's proven TeraLight technology, which has a capacity of 10.2 Tbit/s transmission at 40 Gb/s.

About Deutsche Telekom:

Deutsche Telekom is a European communications company and carrier. For more information, visit

About Alcatel:

Alcatel builds next generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. For more information, visit

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