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Alcatel creates Mobile TV activity

  • 21 October, 2005 12:28

<p>Paris, October 21, 2005 - Alcatel (CGEP: PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced the creation of Alcatel Mobile Broadcast, a new internal venture dedicated to Mobile TV. As a leader in video solutions, both fixed and mobile, Alcatel is ideally positioned to be an important player in this new promising segment. Olivier Coste will be the President of this new activity.</p>
<p>The recent experience from 3G service offers demonstrates a significant consumer appetite for Mobile TV. However, while current mobile networks enable the distribution of numerous TV channels, they have limitations in terms of global coverage and the number of users simultaneously receiving these channels in the same cell.</p>
<p>Mobile operators and broadcasters are therefore considering several options to establish an additional infrastructure to deliver TV and various multimedia services to their mobile customers, economically and with the best possible coverage.</p>
<p>This newly created venture will develop the appropriate technologies, build the necessary ecosystem and promote the solution to mobile operators and broadcasters.</p>
<p>"Alcatel's unique positioning in both mobile and satellite activities worldwide will help to bring a complete and efficient Mobile TV solution to our customers based on an hybrid offer combining terrestrial and satellite coverage," said Etienne Fouques, President of Alcatel's mobile activities, who will supervise this new activity.</p>
<p>Olivier Coste has been Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development for Alcatel's Space activities since the beginning of 2004, monitoring large programs as Galileo. Previously, he held senior positions within Alcatel's components and enterprise activities. He joined the Group in 2001. Olivier Coste began his career with various positions in the European Commission and then in the Cabinet of the French Prime Minister, in charge of industry. Olivier Coste is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Corps National des Mines in Paris.</p>
<p>About Alcatel
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.3 billion and 56,000 employees in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit Alcatel on the Internet: http://www.alcatel.com</p>

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