Paris, May 2, 2005 — Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has successfully completed the first phase of implementing a communications network for FastWeb*, in Milan's Nuovo Polo Fiera new expo center. This three-phase project will be completed by the end of the year.



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Thanks to Alcatel's complete communications infrastructure, the new expo center, which is currently the largest in Europe, will be able to deliver high-speed and high-quality voice and data services not only to internal users, but also to thousands of exhibitors and visitors.

Alcatel delivered the communications solution on a turnkey basis, managing all relevant phases from design to deployment, installation, commissioning and maintenance.

As part of this project, Alcatel will deliver network equipment, including over 2,000 kilometers of fiber-optic and copper cable, more than 3,000 phones, the Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprise, which will be able to manage up to 5,000 internal users, and 380 Alcatel OmniSwitch 6000 and 7000 nodes.

"This project is huge and complex considering the 14,500 cable connections points, 11 buildings and 530,000 square meters to cover. It further leverages Alcatel's capability to design a high-performances solution to serve all of the expo center's communications needs," said Frederic Rose, President of Alcatel's integration and services activities. "We are proud of the successful completion of the first phase of this project, which further strengthen Alcatel as a long-term partner for FastWeb in Italy."

About FastWeb*
FastWeb is Italy's main alternative fixed broadband telecommunications operator. Its innovative telecommunications services over fiber optics and ADSL deliver an integrated system enabling simultaneous access to telephony, video and high-speed Internet (up to 10 Mbit/s on fiber optics and 6 Mbit/s certified with ADSL) to residential customers while business customers can take advantage from wider bandwidth and tailor-made solutions. At present FastWeb delivers its state-of -the art triple play services to more than 540,000 customer throughout Italy by means of a proprietary network expanding to more than 13,000 km. Thanks to a new 2005 -2013 industrial plan FastWeb, which aims at being Italy's second largest fixed telephony operator, will be able to reach 30 millions of Italians by year end 2006, i.e 45% of population and 60% of telecom spending within the country. Since March 2000 FastWeb is listed at the Nuovo mercato of the Milano Stock Exchange.

About Alcatel's Integration and Services activities
Alcatel offers a comprehensive portfolio of services to industries and public sectors (energy, transport, public sectors, defense and security) as well as to all telecom carriers (fixed and mobile). For industries and public sectors, Alcatel offers integrated and reliable communications solutions through a range of services, including network design, procurement, integration, deployment, security and maintenance. Alcatel's integrated solutions cover both multi-vendor and multi-technology communications networks and are customized to the specific needs of the customer. Alcatel brings to industry and public sectors global reach, telecom expertise and significant experience in integrating and deploying large-scale projects throughout the world.

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 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 in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.


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