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Alcatel invests in Australia’s broadband future with new Fibre-to-the-Premise Centre of Excellence

  • 01 October, 2004 10:51

<p>Sydney, September 30, 2004 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced the launch of a new Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) Centre of Excellence in Sydney, Australia. Representing an initial AUD$4 million (Euros 2.3 million) investment by Alcatel, the new Centre will play a vital role in growing Alcatel’s fibre-to-the-premise business in Australia by providing support on technology and product innovation, market and business development as well as new broadband service delivery.</p>
<p>Located inside the Alcatel premises in Sydney, the Centre is Alcatel’s fourth Centre of Excellence in Australia. The other three centres are dedicated to supporting Alcatel’s business in the area of Intelligent Networks, Next Generation Networks and Operations Support System in Australia. The new Centre will leverage the experience in FTTP technology deployment from a similar Alcatel facility in the United States, as well as from the work undertaken in China by Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel’s Chinese flagship company.</p>
<p>”Fibre will be crucial to a future when broadband is ubiquitous, convenient, reliable, and affordable. High-speed Internet access will be integrated into our daily lives, and the ‘triple play’ of voice, data, and multimedia will ultimately be delivered by fibre. We foresee innovative broadband applications such as real-time voice translation, TV-on-demand from any broadcaster around the world, and even holographic video conferencing that will completely change the demographics of the way we live, work, and play,” said Michael Howard, Principal Analyst at Infonetics Research.</p>
<p>“The establishment of the FTTP Centre of Excellence represents our investment in Australia’s broadband future. Alcatel understands that FTTP is more than just a technical solution. It will have a profound and very positive impact on Australia’s social and economic development,” said Andrew Young, Chief Executive Officer for Alcatel in Australia and New Zealand.</p>
<p>The Centre will employ six full-time personnel, focusing primarily on network access and application development. Other Alcatel staff, including over 300 software engineers from the company’s Service Delivery facility in Alexandria, Sydney, and around the world, will form additional ‘virtual teams.’ The existing Alcatel University housed at the same location will also be used for training Alcatel’s partners and customers in FTTP technology and related knowledge areas.</p>
<p>About Alcatel</p>
<p>Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or to their employees. Alcatel leverages its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services to bring value to its customers in the framework of a broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.5 billion in 2003, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.</p>

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