Alcatel puts end users first with latest solutions

Alcatel is using this week’s show to wow visitors with demonstrations of its latest products and solutions, with its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) playing a key role.

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By  Gitex Times Staff Published  September 25, 2005

Alcatel is using this week’s show to wow visitors with demonstrations of its latest products and solutions, with its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) playing a key role. Alcatel has recently signed a global collaboration agreement with Microsoft designed to accelerate the availability of IPTV services for broadband operators. Alcatel and Microsoft expect the agreement to expand the nascent IPTV business. “Consumers around the world can benefit from receiving unique, personalised services through multiple devices, including the TV,” says Hesham El-Nahhas, regional director for Alcatel enterprise sales. Alcatel is also demonstrating video streaming on its stand, by showing a solution that allows mobile telephone operators to provide its GPRS subscribers with access to video trailers, video clips or live events. For the enterprise market, Alcatel is focusing on the vision of user-centric communication, with its Unified Communication framework, XML applications, mobility solutions and a secure infrastructure designed to make this vision a reality. “We believe that user-centric interactions bring together people, processes and technology. We are showing how to use infrastructure, IP telephony and applications in easing communication chaos,” says El-Nahhas. Alcatel sees Gitex as an ideal platform for two key reasons. The first is that it is seeking to educate users of its ongoing strategic shift from a traditional role as a carrier equipment supplier to that of a communications solutions provider. El-Nahhas also says the telecommunications industry has seen more changes in the past eight years than in the previous century, highlighting the need to demonstrate changing technology and bring major companies closer to the end user. Alcatel has again partnered with Al Futtaim Technologies for this year’s Gitex. The Middle East region has traditionally been a key region for Alcatel, although the political instability of 2003 did have a negative effect on its business. “However, we saw significant improvement in our 2004 figures and expect to see even more progress in 2005, thus giving us the chance to restore the important role the Middle East and North Africa region plays in the overall results of the company,” says El-Nahhas.

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