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Be’ selects Alcatel to launch UK’s fastest triple play offering

  • 13 July, 2005 11:57

<p>Paris, 13 July 2005 — Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has been awarded a multi-million Euro contract by Be, a new broadband service provider in the UK. Be will launch a full triple play offering that will initially consist of a 24 Mbit/s Internet service - the fastest in the UK and three times the speed of the current leading competitor.</p>
<p>Established in October 2004 under the working name Avatar Broadband, Be is leveraging Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) to initiate its highly competitive services. LLU gives access to the incumbent operator’s copper infrastructure but with the freedom for Be to build its own network. Alcatel’s solution, based on the most advanced IP, access and management technologies, will enable Be to offer 24 Mbit/s speeds and will provide extremely cost-efficient backhauling and aggregation for the massive amounts of broadband traffic.</p>
<p>“The Alcatel solution gives us a real advantage over our competitors,” said Be co-founder Boris Ivanovic, who launched a similar service in Sweden after acquiring the ISP Bostream. “By working with Alcatel and exploiting its triple play expertise we can deliver the fastest speeds available, with a greater number of features and customer services unmatched by any competitors in the market.”</p>
<p>Be is the first operator in the UK to deploy the Alcatel 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager which supports ADSL2plus technology that triples the downstream bandwidth compared to conventional ADSL. Be will also deploy the Alcatel 7450 Ethernet Service Switch, the Alcatel 7750 Service Router, and the Alcatel 5620 Service Aware Manager which combine to provide scalable and reliable Ethernet aggregation and IP service routing while ensuring the smooth introduction and operation of its services.</p>
<p>“Alcatel is working with major partners to help customers all over the world to bring converged IPTV, high-speed Internet and voice services to the mass market,” said Michel Rahier, in charge of Alcatel’s fixed communications activities. “The Alcatel portfolio will provide Be with the end to end solution required to support its aggressive plans for user-centric triple play in the UK.”</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 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>
<p>Safe harbor: Safe Harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to (i) Alcatel's performance in the second quarter 2005 including second quarter 2005 revenue, operating profit and earnings per share (EPS). These forward looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those projected. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports filed by Alcatel with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Alcatel disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>
<p>About Be – www.BeThere.co.uk</p>
<p>Be Unlimited (“Be”) is the UK’s new ultra high-speed broadband internet service provider (ISP). The company was established in October 2004, with the working name Avatar Broadband Ltd., by Boris Ivanovic and Dana Pressman. The company will be deploying its own network in the UK, utilising the Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) EU directive, which allows independent operators to lease incumbent’s (British Telecom in the case of the UK market) last mile access infrastructure.</p>
<p>Be is run by a team of experts with extensive experience in the broadband and systems fields. The core team including Boris Ivanovic (Founder and Executive Director) came from Bostream, the largest Swedish DSL operator after Telia (the incumbent) prior to being sold to their largest competitor. They include Jocke Garmer (CIO), Johanna Arvestal (Product Manager) and Rickard Reite (Chief developer). Dana Pressman (Managing Director) has long experience in managing high growth system development organisations with both Oracle and Sapient.</p>

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