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Alcatel and Fujitsu Bring 'Beyond 3G' Solution to Europe

HSDPA added to Alcatel's 3G Reality Centre in Paris

Alcatel,Fujitsu Limited

Paris and Tokyo, October 21, 2004

Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Fujitsu Limited today announced the joint launch and operation of a live HSDPA(1) (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) demonstration system in France. This system, which was developed by Fujitsu based on technical specifications provided by NTT DoCoMo, Inc., is located at Alcatel's 3G Reality Centre (3GRC) in Vélizy, France.

By introducing greater capacity and higher data speeds of up to 14Mbps into existing W-CDMA networks, HSDPA promises enhanced quality of service (QoS) and cost/performance advantages for operators and subscribers alike.

This achievement reinforces Alcatel's and Fujitsu's growing momentum in 3G and beyond, and confirms the technological leadership of Evolium™ multi-standard solutions (UMTS/GSM/EDGE) that permit the seamless and cost-effective introduction of new technologies such as HSDPA thanks to a software-only upgrade. Fujitsu, Alcatel's partner through their Evolium SAS joint venture, is already supplying 3G/W-CDMA equipment to NTT DoCoMo, Inc., the world's most advanced W-CDMA operator. Furthermore, DoCoMo already has a Fujitsu HSDPA demonstrator up and running in Japan.

Mr. Takanori Utano, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Research and Development Division of NTT DoCoMo, Inc., declared: "We are very happy that a live HSDPA demonstration system in Europe has been made possible, thanks to our collaborative work with Fujitsu and with the local support of Alcatel."

"Positioned correctly HSDPA will further improve the success of 3G, delivering increased capability necessary to accommodate the market uptake of high-speed mobile applications such as content downloads," said Jason Chapman, Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure at Gartner. "Gartner expects the first commercial launches of HSDPA to be driven by activity in Japanese market".

"We are proud to show our technical leadership through this HSDPA demonstration system," added Takashi Nakamura, Corporate Vice President of Fujitsu Limited. "This is a perfect example of Fujitsu's contribution to the development of advanced technology in the context of Evolium SAS, our successful joint venture with Alcatel."

Echoing this, Marc Rouanne, chief operating officer of Alcatel's mobile communication activities, stated: "DoCoMo is a prestigious reference, and the HSDPA demonstration system at Alcatel's 3GRC in France is yet another major step in bringing DoCoMo's leadership to the European market. It also leverages Alcatel's user-centric vision of the broadband mobile experience. Through Evolium SAS, its joint venture with Fujitsu, Alcatel is also committed to making the HSDPA technological breakthrough available to operators the world over."

In another recent collaboration, Alcatel and Fujitsu joined forces for the January 2004 opening of a 3G FOMA™ services showroom on Alcatel's premises in France. Alcatel also held the first 3G Indoor Coverage Forum in Tokyo in March 2004 with DoCoMo Engineering Inc., a100% subsidiary of NTT DoCoMo, Inc.


  • [1] HSDPA

    The HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) standard marks a similar leap forward for W-CDMA and UMTS as EDGE does for GSM in terms of data transmission speed and capacity, essential for 3G evolution. The Alcatel-Fujitsu HSDPA demonstrator will give European operators a "hands-on" opportunity to assess HSDPA's performance and potential. Current field-proven 3G downlink speeds of about 384Kbps (up to 2Mbps possible according to standards) will be boosted to 14Mbps (maximum value according to standards) with the first-generation HSDPA systems, enabling operators to support a considerably larger number of high data-rate users on a single radio carrier and ensure data-hungry subscribers get the best experience with innovative and existing multimedia services.

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.
For more information, please see: http://www.alcatel.com

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and communications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$45 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.
For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com/

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FOMA is a trademark or a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries. NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is only available to subscribers in Japan.

Date: 21 October, 2004
City: Paris and Tokyo
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