|Alcatel Captures Number-One in Global Optical Transport Market According to RHK|
Performance Driven by Alcatel's Success in Terrestrial Optical Networking
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 28, 2002--Alcatel (NYSE: ALA - news) today announced that it has captured the world's
number-one position in global optical transport in 2001, according to RHK, a leading telecom market research firm.
Presented at the RHK's STARTRAX2002 Conference, this study names Alcatel as the world leader in the global optical transport
market with 16 percent marketshare, a significant lead over all other competitors. This performance was driven by Alcatel's success in
terrestrial optical networking. The covered market includes terrestrial and submarine applications with Dense Wavelength Division
Multiplexing (DWDM), optical networking, Synchronous Digital Hierarchy/Synchronous Optical Network (SDH/SONET) and
cross-connect technologies. RHK estimates that the global optical transport market totaled $28 billion in 2001.
RHK's study demonstrates Alcatel's success in understanding and responding to both key evolutions that have characterized the
optics industry in 2001: the need for network operators to optimize their capital and operational expenditures, and the shift in network
build-outs from backbone to metropolitan. Alcatel's new-generation terrestrial optical product offering, which proved to be very
successful in 2001, is focused at reducing operators' total cost of network ownership (TCO), a concept that Alcatel has developed to
help its customers meet their financial challenges. This offering also includes flexible, multi-service solutions for metropolitan
applications. In submarine networking, Alcatel has also focused on reducing its customers' TCO by providing them with specific
solutions for their network upgrades and developing a customized approach to services.
In addition, Alcatel's global reach, diversified customer-base (more than 500 customers in 2001 for optics activities across the board)
and strong positioning with incumbent operators has enabled the company to address the most dynamic market segments in 2001.
Alcatel has registered significant marketshare gains in SDH and DWDM technologies around the world, strengthening its lead in
Europe and Latin America, increasing its presence in Asia-Pacific and making a breakthrough in the U.S.
``Despite the submarine networking market slump, Alcatel has taken the number one position in the 2001 global optical transport
market largely due to a very strong performance in the terrestrial optical transport market,'' said Stephane Teral, director of European &
Global Optical Transport at RHK. ``Their renewed product mix, competitive lead-times, strong customer-base and worldwide presence
have been the foundations of this accomplishment.''
``RHK's data affirm our 2001 performance in a very challenging market environment where our long-term network vision for
transitioning optical infrastructures from existing to future services and thorough execution have been successful with our customers,''
said Christian Reinaudo, president of Alcatel's optics activities. ``At the end of 2000, we had said that our optical networking business
would be driven by our terrestrial activities in 2001. We have delivered on our promise.''
RHK Inc. is the leading industry market research and consulting firm specializing in the analysis of advanced technologies for the
global telecommunications network. The company provides subscription services and consulting to technology vendors, service
providers, and the investment community worldwide. RHK's areas of expertise include: broadband access, operational support
systems, optical components, optical networks, packet services, switching and routing, telecommunication economics, and
telecommunication semiconductors. For more information, www.rhk.com .
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 sales of EURO 27 billion in 2000 and 110,000 employees, Alcatel
operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, www.alcatel.com .
Francoise Grumberg, Tel: 33 (0)1 40 76 50 38
Jamie Horton, Tel: 707/792-7843
Alcatel Investor Relations:
Claire Pedini, Tel: 33 (0)1 40 76 13 93
Peter Campbell, Tel: 972/519-4347
Alcatel Industry Analyst:
Julie Buckley, Tel: 707/792-7820
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