Alcatel and IBM Agree to Jointly Deliver Advanced Networking Solutions


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PARIS & SOMERS, N.Y - 10 Jul 2000: - via NewsEdge Corporation -- Alcatel and IBM today announced an agreement to integrate their information technology and communications expertise, offering advanced network solutions to Carrier, ASP and Enterprise customers.

The companies will focus their joint efforts on Internet Data Centers, the sophisticated technology "hubs" that link the IT infrastructure, an area of leadership for IBM Global Services, with networking infrastructure and communication software, where Alcatel is a recognized leader. The two companies estimate the current industry-wide market potential for the building of Internet Data Centers could exceed $100 billion during the next three years.
In addition, IBM Global Services said it will establish a global practice to integrate Alcatel Enterprise solutions with a special focus on US and European international enterprises. These solutions will also include Alcatel Carrier solutions, Genesys and Newbridge products.

IBM Global Services has been providing services for Newbridge products and the companies said they will maintain and expand the current agreement to include other Alcatel products.

"Through this relationship with IBM, Alcatel is committed to accelerating the deployment of e-business solutions in the ASP and Enterprise market," said Olivier Houssin, President e-Business Group, Alcatel.

Added Georges Khoury, general manager, Integrated Technology Services, IBM Global Services, "This important agreement brings two leading companies together to meet a very important goal for customers -- to make it possible for them to deploy and manage the systems and network technologies they need, whenever and wherever they need it."

About Alcatel

Alcatel builds next generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data communications solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. With 120,000 employees and sales of EURO 23 billion in 1999, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit Alcatel on Internet: http://www.alcatel.com

About IBM Global Services

IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services provider, with 1999 revenues of more than $32 billion. In addition to consulting, IBM Global Services is the world leader in IT outsourcing, hosting and systems services. IBM Global Services employs more than 138,000 professionals serving customers in 160 countries. IBM Corporation is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses deploy technology for business advantage. For more information, visit www.ibm.com.

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