Tunisie Telecom Selects Alcatel for its GSM/GPRS Solution in Tunisia



Tunisia migrates to enhanced mobile data services

Paris, October 3rd, 2002 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Tunisie Telecom today announced that they have signed a contract to expand the capacity of Tunisie Telecom's existing national GSM 900/1800 MHz network. The contract foresees the installation and integration of BSC's (Base Station Controller) and a MSC (Mobile Switching Center).

Alcatel will supply its Evolium™ solution, including the radio access network (Base Stations and Base Station Controllers) and integrate the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) technology. Alcatel's GPRS network and services are a natural part of the migration path to 3G/UMTS technology. To carry the traffic, the network will utilize Alcatel's advanced low-medium capacity microwave radio systems based on Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy (PDH) technology.

Tunisie Telecom is the main provider of telecommunication networks and services in Tunisia, and offers the entire range of fixed, wireless and satellite telephone services. Furthermore, Tunisie Telecom holds the majority of the shares of Mauritania's GSM leader MATTEL.

"We are very happy to continue our collaboration with Alcatel. A good partner is for us the guarantee to have a high-quality network that meets the demands of our ever-growing mobile subscriber-base." Said, Ahmed Mahjoub, managing director of Tunisie Telecom

Marc Rouanne, President of Alcatel's Mobile Networks added. "We are very pleased to continue our team work with Tunisie Telecom. Our Evolium™ solutions are ideal for taking their existing network to a higher-capacity level able to provide both voice and data services, bringing this reality to life in Northern Africa."

Today, one out of four operators worldwide trusts Alcatel for the supply of its GSM 800, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz networks.

Alcatel is a leading supplier of GSM networks in Africa with 36 references: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Libya, La Réunion, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

About Tunisie Telecom
Tunisie Telecom is the main provider of telecommunication networks and services in Tunisia, and offers the entire range of fixed, wireless and satellite telephone services. Furthermore, Tunisie Telecom holds the majority of the shares of Mauritania's GSM leader MATTEL.

About Alcatel
Alcatel designs, develops and builds innovative and competitive communications networks, enabling carriers, service providers and enterprises to deliver any type of content, such as voice, data and multimedia, to any type of consumer, anywhere in the world. Relying on its leading and comprehensive products and solutions portfolio, stretching from end-to-end optical infrastructures, fixed and mobile networks to broadband access, Alcatel's customers can focus on optimizing their service offerings and revenue streams. With sales of EURO 25 billion in 2001, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit Alcatel on the Internet: http://www.alcatel.com.

About Alcatel's Evolium solutions
Alcatel is now the world's fastest growing GSM/GPRS supplier. Currently, over 110 mobile operators' worldwide rely on Alcatel's Evolium GSM/GPRS core and radio solutions.
By creating Evolium SAS, an Alcatel-Fujitsu company, Alcatel clearly reinforces its position in both mobile infrastructure and mobile Internet. Evolium SAS combines Alcatel's expertise in GSM, GPRS, and EDGE as well as in ATM and IP technologies, with the advanced experience of Fujitsu as supplier of NTT DoCoMo. NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company with more than 40 million customers. The company provides a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services. These include i-mode™, the world's most popular mobile Internet service, which provides e-mail and Internet access to over 32 million subscribers, and FOMA, launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA.
Alcatel's UMTS solutions are a reality today, with 20 UMTS field trial networks in Europe and in Asia. Alcatel's strategy covers all aspects of UMTS deployment, from radio access and core network to terminals. Evolium SAS delivers a radio infrastructure that is 3GPP-compliant, field-proven and capitalises on Japanese 3G technical and field experience.
Alcatel, which played a vital part in developing the mobile Internet market, in particular through the successful roll out of GPRS commercial networks world-wide, has today a timely UMTS offering.

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