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Alcatel to Roll Out Digitel's First Turnkey Mobile Network in the Philippines Under $200 Million Contract.

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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 5, 2001

Alcatel's GSM1800/GPRS network will enable the Philippines to

enjoy enhanced mobile data services by 2002

Alcatel (NYSE:ALA) today announced the signature of a $200 million turnkey contract with the fixed-line operator Digitel to roll out the operator's first mobile network in the Philippines by 2002.

The network will be able to support 500,000 subscribers, allowing them to surf the Internet and carry out wireless data transactions at speeds reaching up to 115 Kbps, roughly twice the speed of standard modems.

The contract covers the global project management, from network planning and design to implementation, including site acquisition, negotiation of permits, installation and integration of the GSM 1800/GPRS network, network testing and commissioning. When completed, the network will enable Digitel to offer enhanced mobile data services such as broadband Internet and e-commerce. The network will cover the larger metropolitan Manila area, Cebu Pacific, and the metropolitan areas of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Under the terms of this contract, Alcatel will supply its Evolium solution composed of a radio access network (base stations and base station controllers), mobile switching centers, Home location registers, an intelligent network platform for value-added services, and a GPRS core network infrastructure. Alcatel Evolium end-to-end solutions support GSM, High Speed Data, GPRS, EDGE and UMTS for 3G technologies.

To carry high-capacity traffic, the network will use Alcatel's microwave radio systems and the Optinex family of carrier-class transmission solutions, both managed by a unified network management platform. This platform will enable Digitel to connect both its mobile and fixed subscribers using the GSM technology.

Beside the basic services such as SMS (Short Message Service), this cutting-edge network will offer new and advanced services such as Homezone, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Wireless Application Protocol. Homezone enables the offering of special rates for specially-designated zones, while VPN offers abbreviated dialing to a user's frequently called numbers.

"We met Digitel's objective of entering the wireless business on a very competitive and cutting edge offer," said Brian Go, Digitel's Corporate Planning and Strategies executive. "We decided on Alcatel because of their demonstrated local presence and know-how in delivering a full turnkey network with advanced mobile solutions. Our customers will soon enjoy a range of state-of-the-art GSM & GPRS services that will transform the Philippines mobile marketplace."

Today, one out of four operators trusts Alcatel for the supply of its GSM 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz networks in all five continents.

About Alcatel

Alcatel builds next generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. With 110,000 employees and sales of EURO 31 billion in 2000, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information:

About Digitel

Digital Telecommunications Philippines, Inc. is a fully-digital telecommunications company with a Luzon-wide backbone transmission system consisting of radio stations and fiber optic cables; a transit exchange with interconnections with other operators in Metro Manila; and an international gateway facility (IGF) with instant connectivity to more than 200 international destinations. With Digitel's participation in the nationwide National Digital Transmission Network being undertaken by the Telecommunications Infrastructure Corporation of the Philippines, the backbone transmission facility will extend to the Visayas and Mindanao. In addition, Digitel owns submarine cable facilities in the Trans-Pacific Cable-5, the Asia-Pacific Cable Network, and the Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe cable systems. It also purchased capacities from the China-United States cable systems and the Guam-Philippines cable systems.
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