Chelan County Utility selects Alcatel Fiber-to-the-User solution

September 18, 2002--Alcatel and Chelan County Public Utility District have reached a multi-million dollar agreement to deploy the Alcatel 7340 Fiber-to-the-User (FTTU) solution for a new, high-speed optical network in Chelan County, Washington.

Alcatel and Chelan County Public Utility District have reached a multi-million dollar agreement to deploy the Alcatel 7340 Fiber-to-the-User (FTTU) solution for a new, high-speed optical network in Chelan County, Washington.

Chelan County Public Utility District will deliver voice, video, and high-speed data services to their customers via independent service providers. The Alcatel 7340 FTTU system, using standards-based Broadband Passive Optical Networking (BPON) technology, supports voice, video, and data services as well as emerging high-bandwidth services, including online gaming, music downloads, video-on-demand, and high-definition television. Multiple lines of toll-quality voice services are delivered over a single connection via General Bandwidth Inc.'s G6 packet telephony platform.

The agreement with Chelan is one of several customer wins for the Alcatel 7340 system, demonstrating the viable and growing market for fiber-to-the-user. Utilities want to deliver unique services to their customers, while developing a communications network that will provide an economic development advantage for their community.

"We are dedicated to developing a network that will allow our customers equal access to the tools and services available in the broadband age today," asserts John Smith, principal communications engineer at Chelan County Utility District. "This new network infrastructure enables affordable new services and positions our community perfectly for bandwidth needs in the future."

For more information about Alcatel (Paris), visit the company's Web site at www.alcatel.com.

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