Noumea, December 8, 2003
(Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE:ALA) announced today that it has performed the
first live 3G multimedia call on its UMTS trial network installed in
New Caledonia, Pacific Islands.
For the very first time in the Pacific islands, a UMTS infrastructure
network has been established, not only enabling voice communications in
circuit mode but also making instant transmission of data and
high-speed video images in packet mode into a reality.
The live 3G/UMTS calls were demonstrated to local media in Noumea
recently via 3G handsets to further enrich Alcatel Pacific Islands'
annual customer seminar.
"3G/UMTS will offer great added value to end-users with sufficient
bandwidth and numerous attractive multimedia applications," stated Rémi
Galasso, Country Senior Officer, Alcatel Pacific Islands. "New
technologies have always been playing a strategic role in Pacific
Islands' social and economic development. Alcatel, as the dominant
end-to-end telecom solutions provider in this market, is ready to help
local community to embrace the ease of life through field-proven 3G
Alcatel is the world's fastest growing mobile player and is today a
leader in 3G/UMTS solutions, leveraging its global network of 3G
Reality Centres, an ecosystem to test, validate and develop 3G
applications with the aim of accelerating the 3G development globally.
Alcatel has one 3G Reality Centre operational in Adelaide in Australia.
The first 3G live call conducted in the Pacific Islands is connected
through a satellite link with the Australian mobile consortium m.Net's
3G network, a network provided by Alcatel together with 3G open
3G/UMTS network solutions will enable operators to offer new
high-speed, high-quality mobile UMTS services such as videophony calls,
broadband Internet surfing (Web Browsing), having on-line access to
information, video streaming, downloading and mobile commerce. The
Alcatel 3G/UMTS pilot network provides data rate of up to 384 kbit/s.
Alcatel has a unique commitment to network evolution, through its
EvoliumT - SAS joint venture with Fujitsu, which supplies industry
leader NTT DoCoMo. This world-class multi-standard platform designed
for GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 3G/UMTS is re-engineered every 9 months for
continuous cost reduction and technology evolution.
Alcatel provides end-to-end communications solutions, enabling
carriers, service providers and enterprises to deliver content to any
type of user, anywhere in the world. Leveraging its long-term
leadership in telecommunications networks equipment as well as its
expertise in applications and network services, Alcatel enables its
customers to focus on optimizing their service offerings and revenue
streams. With sales of EURO 16.5 billion in 2002, Alcatel operates in
more than 130 countries.
Alcatel is now the world's fastest growing GSM/GPRS and EDGE supplier.
Alcatel has established a dominant position in today's expanding
emerging markets, where it is now the leader, with a 25% share.
Alcatel's diversified portfolio of over 150 mobile operators includes a
strong segment of greenfield operators - in Central & Eastern
Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa & the Middle-East - which are
poised for the most rapid expansion. Alcatel's highly efficient
business model implemented through its EvoliumT radio & core
solutions - GPRS and EDGE ready, has significantly contributed to this
offers mobile operators a GSM 800, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz end-to-end
solution offering, including radio access and core network systems,
services platform and mobile terminals. Moreover, the company is
expanding its offering in advanced applications and services. Alcatel's
application portfolio leverages and extends the value of telecom
networks. Alcatel's Open Service Delivery Engine is the ideal
applications environment based on next generation IN and J2EE
technology. It enables the implementation of a wide range of
applications such as network proxies, WAP or SMS gateways, messaging
solutions such as UMS or MMS, 0800 and 0900 services, mobile or fixed
VPN solutions, a complete and convergent real-time payment chain.
UMTS solutions are a reality today, with more than 20 UMTS pilot
networks delivered in Europe and in Asia. Evolium SAS, the
Alcatel-Fujitsu joint venture, delivers a mobile infrastructure that is
3GPP-compliant, field-proven and capitalizes on Japanese 3G technical
and field experience.