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Alcatel positioned in the leader quadrant in Asia Pacific Corporate Telephony Magic Quadrant report

  • 06 December, 2005 11:58

<p>Paris, December 6, 2005 — Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA AND NYSE: ALA) announced today that market research firm Gartner, Inc. has placed Alcatel in the leader’s quadrant of its “Magic Quadrant for Asia/Pacific Corporate Telephony, 2005” 1 by Geoff Johnson.</p>
<p>The Gartner Corporate Telephony Magic Quadrant evaluates the capabilities of a select group of vendors to consistently support the communications requirements of organizations in the Asia Pacific region. Vendors are evaluated against completeness of vision and ability to execute. To be positioned in the leader quadrant, vendors have to demonstrate strength and the ability to affect market trends in all criteria on which they are evaluated. They need to have substantive sales and operation presence across the region, demonstrable telephony solutions for corporate enterprises, and generated significant vendor interest from leading client segments in the market.</p>
<p>“We believe Gartner's recent evaluation affirms Alcatel's enterprise efforts in the Asia Pacific region, and we are honored to be recognised for our position in enterprise telephony,” said Clifton Yong, senior vice president, Alcatel enterprise solutions activities in Asia Pacific. “Our open approach to delivering IP communications solutions enables our customers to move to IP and advanced communications applications at their own pace – protecting current investments while increasing productivity at the same time. Additionally, we recently opened a new Engineering &amp; Development Centre in Shanghai to support the development of localised enterprise solutions for our customers and further contribute to our strong growth in Asia Pacific.”</p>
<p>According to the report, “Through 2010, more than 70 percent of companies will build hybrid telephony networks, comprising either traditional PBX and IP endpoints or both.” Today’s news follows Alcatel’s recent announcement that it was placed in the leader quadrant of the Gartner report, titled “Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony in EMEA, 2005” by Steve Blood and Christopher Lock.</p>
<p>1 About the Magic Quadrant</p>
<p>The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted November 3, 2005 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.</p>
<p>About Alcatel Enterprise solutions
With more than 500,000 customers, Alcatel is a leading provider of communication solutions to small, medium, and large enterprises, as well as to public sector institutions worldwide. Alcatel’s enterprise portfolio provides business communication applications, including Unified Communications and Contact Centers, an advanced IP Telephony offering, and IP Networking products. Alcatel’s enterprise solutions deliver an enhanced competitive edge to businesses of all sizes by increasing customer satisfaction, employee productivity, and operational efficiencies.</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>

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