Alcatel inks optical networking contracts in Germany

May 11, 2006 Paris, France -- German service provider HanseNet Telekommunikation GmbH, a subsidiary of Telecom Italia, has selected Alcatel as its exclusive technology partner for delivery of triple play services. Separately, Alcatel announced a two-year renewal of its existing supply agreement with Deutsche Telekom's T-Com affiliate for multi-service transport networks based on the company's optical networking platform.

May 11th, 2006

May 11, 2006 Paris, France -- German service provider HanseNet Telekommunikation GmbH, a subsidiary of Telecom Italia, selected Alcatel as its exclusive technology partner for delivery of triple play services via an IP-based network infrastructure, including IPTV for the provider's "Alice homeTV" offering. Separately, Alcatel announced a two-year renewal of its existing supply agreement with Deutsche Telekom's T-Com affiliate for multi-service transport networks based on the company's optical networking platform.

According to a press release, HanseNet's access network will be upgraded to include the Alcatel 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM), an IP access platform optimized for deliver of triple play services. The company's Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems and 1678 Metro Core Connect (MCC) will also be used to aggregate and transport multiple services across the provider's network.

Alcatel will also deliver its integrated, end-to-end video platform, which the company says is based on an open, non-proprietary architecture and uses industry-standard interfaces to allow for integration with existing infrastructure and systems from different equipment vendors. The company will also provide a services integration platform covering the entire network infrastructure.

"With TV, telephone, Internet access, and video-on-demand from a single source, we are one of the first service providers in Germany to offer its subscribers such innovations," comments HanseNet CEO Harald Rösch. "We are looking forward to working with Alcatel, our exclusive technology partner, to supply not only the IPTV platform and network infrastructure, but to integrate the complete solution to create a whole new TV experience."

"Alcatel has unparalleled IPTV integration experience, gained from more than 35 projects around the globe," adds Monika Maurer, president of Alcatel's fixed solutions activities. "Based on this experience, we partner with our customers to help them accelerate their time-to-market and bring an innovative service to their customers."

Separately, Alcatel also announced a two-year renewal of its existing agreement with T-Com, the broadband/fixed line business division of Deutsche Telekom, for the supply of the operator's multi-service transport networks. T-Com is already using the company's networking platforms to speed delivery Fast Ethernet services for its enterprise customers, along with broadband services for residential users.

Under the terms of the contract extension, Alcatel will continue to supply its Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems and 1678 Metro Core Connect (MCC) platforms.
For further expansion of the operator's SDH network, Alcatel also agreed to upgrade its existing 1350 management suite to monitor the new equipment and services that the network enhancements will support.

"We are pleased to continue our long-lasting cooperation with T-Com to help enhance its service delivery options, while guaranteeing the highest reliability and quality assurance," comments Romano Valussi, president of Alcatel's optical networking activities. "Our advanced optical networking solutions enable T-Com to offer services ranging from best effort to premium quality, all from the same infrastructure."


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