Alcatel leads optical networking market with strong finish in 2003

Johannesburg, 25 May 2004
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Alcatel today announced that it has reconfirmed its number one position in the US$8.4 billion intelligent optical networking worldwide market, according to Infonetics Research, an international telecom market research and consulting firm.

For the fourth quarter 2003, Alcatel significantly increased its market share to 16.4% up from 12.5% in third quarter of 2003 and claimed four consecutive quarters in the number one spot.

Continued success of Alcatel`s Optical Multiservice Node systems and Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM) products drove Alcatel`s commanding lead in the fourth quarter and throughout 2003.

Alcatel`s ability to ensure the smooth migration of optical infrastructure to enable new revenue-generating services has been key to its success. Service providers equipped with Alcatel optical networking equipment can capitalise on their previous investments by powering their networks to accommodate these emerging new services such as Ethernet and storage networking.

"Alcatel`s ability to address the convergence of fixed and mobile traffic over operators` transmission infrastructure, as well as to cope with new service growth, has strongly contributed to its market leadership," stated Michael Howard, Infonetics Research`s principal analyst and co-founder.

"Alcatel provides advanced intelligent optical networking solutions that enable our customers to boost their revenues from new services and simplify their networks which is key for their migration to IP," said Romano Valussi, President of Alcatel`s optical networks activities. "Our continued leading position in optical networking reconfirmed by Infonetics Research validates Alcatel`s commitment to the success of our customers on a global basis."

Intelligent Optical hardware is defined by Infonetics Research as data aware equipment with remote configuration and remote service provisioning that can be deployed in mesh, star, and ring, allowing carriers to build out and revamp optical networks quickly.


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 12.5 billion euro in 2003, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.

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