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Friday, 11 October 2002

Alcatel announced that it is establishing daily live 3G/UMTS mobile videophony communications between Asia and Europe. On September 12th, the Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Communications & Multimedia as well as other local officials and international press, appreciated for the first time the quality of such combined voice and video calls between Kuala Lumpur and Paris during the official opening of Alcatel's 3G Reality Centre in Malaysia.

This World Premiere follows the mobile videophony calls conducted by Alcatel in Europe during the past few months, linking various 3G/UMTS pilot networks deployed by Alcatel in Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and Sweden. Ever since, Alcatel has been conducting mobile videophony calls inside Asia, namely between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur as part of the 3GSM Asia Pacific congress.

In this sequence of successful premieres based on Alcatel's 3G/UMTS leading-edge solutions, the lucky videophony users were the first in the world to see and hear each other in full mobility, as well as to watch what was happening 'live' in their respective countries. All these calls were made using 3GPP-compliant mobile handsets communicating over Alcatel's Evolium(TM) Core and radio solutions.

Back in June, Alcatel had already provided Italian and Spanish supporters with the opportunity to share their passion in streaming and transferring clips over UMTS of the latest goals scored during the 2002 Soccer World Cup.

To achieve all this, the same 3G/UMTS Asian mobile handsets are able to reach both 384 Kbps in packet switch mode and 64Kbps in circuit switch mode that are allowed by the end-to-end 3G/UMTS pilot networks deployed by Alcatel around the world in full compliance with W-CDMA 3GPP standards.

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