Alcatel Supplies BT with Next-generation Service Delivery Platform

4/2/2004 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) announced that it has secured a 30 million Euro contract to supply BT with a next-generation service delivery platform that enables advanced services and supports existing Number Translation and Network based Call Centre services.

The Alcatel solution is based on the Alcatel 8690 Open Services Platform (OSP), which ensures the British carrier a healthy competitive edge as it allows the customization and rapid roll-out of its voice, data and multimedia services. The contract is part of BT's 21st Century Network (21CN) strategy, which is focused on transforming its network to rapidly deliver new services, enhance how its customers communicate, and significantly reduce operating costs.

"Through our 21st Century network strategy, we are bringing together a series of complex networks into a single open multi-service network and providing our customers with the benefits that a simplified operating environment brings," said Dale Register, BT managing director of Network Design and Implementation. "We are working closely with Alcatel to develop a Common Intelligence Services Layer (CISL) across the entire network, which we see as key to customizing our services, and more rapidly deploying these to our customers."

"To be prepared for massive deployment of next generation broadband services, service providers have started reshaping their networks and consolidating their service delivery infrastructure," said Alan Mottram, president of Alcatel's Fixed Solutions activities. "By selecting Alcatel's industry-leading OSP for such a strategic part of its network transformation, BT can tailor its network and applications to move rapidly to deliver the hottest new services in the most flexible and cost-effective way."

The Alcatel 8690 OSP is part of Alcatel's Open Path to Enhanced Networking (OPEN) program for enhanced broadband services, which protects current voice revenues by using a staged migration to a converged packet infrastructure. The OSP is based on an information and communication technology system, providing comprehensive support for the rapid development and deployment of high-value services on fixed and mobile time division multiplexing and Internet protocol (IP) networks. The openness of the OSP enables fast and seamless integration in multi-vendor network and application environments.

Included in the contract is the Alcatel 8691 OSP Media Extension Product (OSP-ME), which combines with the OSP to deliver advanced voice and multimedia user interaction. In the framework of this agreement, Alcatel is working with Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Ulticom, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULCM) to supply respectively the IT platforms and signaling software.

About BT
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group plc, the holding company for the BT Group of companies. BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and one of the largest private sector companies in Europe. Its principal activities include local, long distance and international telecommunications services; mobile communications; Internet services; and IT solutions. In the UK, BT serves more than 28 million exchange lines and more than seven million mobile customers, as well as providing network services to other licensed operators. BT operates in more than 30 countries worldwide.

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 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.

About Alcatel OPEN
With the largest global installed base of both circuit switched voice lines and digital subscriber lines (DSL), Alcatel has a wealth of experience in working with all types of service providers in all types of networks. The Alcatel OPEN portfolio for next-generation networks consists of a comprehensive set of standards-based building blocks including broadband access, media gateways, softswitches, application and media servers, as well as the data backbone networks and end-to-end management and integration capabilities service providers need.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the WorldWide Web at

About Ulticom, Inc.
Ulticom provides service-enabling signaling software for wireless, wireline and Internet communications. Ulticom's products are used by leading telecommunicationequipment and service providers worldwide to deploy mobility, location, payment, switching, and messaging services. Traded on NASDAQ, as ULCM, Ulticom is headquartered in Mount Laurel, NJ with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information visit:

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