Chunghwa Telecom selects Alcatel's metro Ethernet platform

October 3, 2005 Madrid, Spain -- Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has contracted Alcatel to supply its metro Ethernet platform to support the roll-out of a triple play network in Taiwan. CHT, a recently privatized incumbent operator, plans to bring advanced voice, video, and high-speed Internet services to more than one million Taiwanese subscribers within the next three years.

October 3, 2005 Madrid, Spain -- Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has contracted Alcatel to supply its metro Ethernet platform to support the roll-out of a triple play network in Taiwan. CHT, a recently privatized incumbent operator, plans to bring advanced voice, video, and high-speed Internet services to more than one million Taiwanese subscribers within the next three years.

Alcatel say the contract win represents a major expansion of the company's footprint in CHT's IP network. Under the contract, CHT will deploy the company's 7450 Ethernet Service Switch to aggregate triple play services delivered to residential and enterprise users as part of a fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) project. Phase one of the FTTB project, set for completion by the end of the year, is expected to meet the business communication needs of enterprises in Taiwan's major cities.

The contract was won in partnership with inTECH, a system integrator, and ZyXEL, a provider of Layer 2 switches. CHT says the project is a key part of its infrastructure overhaul to speed penetration of triple play services, which it is aggressively promoting. Alcatel is to provide an end-to-end metro Ethernet platform, based on its IP/MPLS technology, to differentiate Quality of Service (QoS) for voice, data, and video services, and the highest levels of network availability and scalability for such quality-sensitive and bandwidth-intensive services.

"Alcatel, as our close partner, helped CHT deploy one of the world's single largest ADSL projects with 1.26 million lines in 2001," comments CHT president Dr. Shyue-Ching Lu. "Our more recent cooperation with Alcatel in the Multimedia on Demand (MOD) project was also successful. In this latest cooperation on the FTTB project, we have full confidence that Alcatel will once again be our strong partner in fulfilling the CHT mission of leading the market by offering the best possible services."

"It is commendable that CHT after its privatization continues to shoulder the lion's share of responsibility in meeting the government's plan of having six million broadband users by 2006," concludes Michel Rahier, president of Alcatel's fixed communication activities. "Alcatel has been working closely with CHT on many significant projects in the last three decades, and we view the FTTB project as another key opportunity for us to help our partner in enabling genuine value-added services such as triple play."

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