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Spirent Communications And Alcatel Sign Purchasing Agreement

BERLIN (ots) - DSL World Forum-Spirent Communications(TM), a wholly owned business group of Spirent plc (LSE:SPT;NYSE:SPM), has signed a two-year Master Purchasing Agreement (the 'Agreement') with European communications equipment manufacturing leader, Alcatel. The Agreement, which also designates Spirent as one of Alcatel's global preferred suppliers, will be effective for Alcatel's worldwide operations. It will cover products from Spirent Communications Performance Analysis division, including core network testing, router testing, and IP performance evaluation. The Agreement builds upon an existing and long-standing customer relationship between Alcatel and Spirent, and serves as confirmation of the successful cooperation between the teams for developing methods of laboratory and remote testing. "With this Agreement, Spirent will expand its role to help Alcatel accelerate the development of its products and keep time-to-market to a minimum," said François Surinx, Spirent's global key account manager for Alcatel. "Alcatel has always been one of Spirent's most innovative and loyal customers. We have successfully worked together for some time to develop many new testing ideas, and we look forward to furthering this relationship under the new Agreement." Spirent has brought an innovative approach and strong support in the development of several testing solutions for Alcatel, including new tools and methods to accelerate the testing of Alcatel's RCP7770 Core router product. Spirent also has been also one of the key test equipment providers for Alcatel's DSL test environment. About Alcatel Alcatel designs, develops and builds innovative and competitive communications networks, enabling carriers, service providers and enterprises to deliver any type of content, such as voice, data and multimedia, to any type of consumer, anywhere in the world. Relying on its leading and comprehensive products and solutions portfolio, stretching from end-to-end optical infrastructures, fixed and mobile networks to broadband access, Alcatel's customers can focus on optimizing their service offerings and revenue streams. With sales of EURO 25 billion in 2001, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. About Spirent Communications Spirent Communications is a worldwide provider of integrated performance analysis and service assurance systems for next-generation network technologies. Spirent's solutions accelerate the profitable development and deployment of network equipment and services by emulating real-world conditions in the lab and assuring end-to-end performance of large-scale networks. www.spirentcom.com Spirent Communications is a wholly owned business group of Spirent plc, an international network technology company. Spirent plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ticker:SPT). The company is also listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker:SPM; CUSIP number: 84856M209).www.spirent.com. Spirent and the Spirent logo are trademarks of Spirent plc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are held by their respective companies. All rights reserved. This press release may contain forward-looking statements (as that term is defined in the United States Private Securities Legislation Reform Act 1995) that are based on current expectations or beliefs, as well as assumptions about future events. You can identify these statements by their use of words such as "will," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "should," "may," "assume" and other similar words. You should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance and are subject to factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. Such factors include: aggressive competition; our ability to develop and commercialize new products and services and realize product synergies; our ability to focus on growth areas in the relevant markets; risks relating to the acquisition or sale of businesses and our subsequent ability to integrate businesses; our reliance on third party manufacturers and suppliers; our exposure to liabilities for product defects; our reliance on proprietary technology; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; risks of doing business internationally; risks of downturns and continued downturns in the markets in which we participate; and other risks described from time to time in Spirent plc's Securities and Exchange Commission periodic reports and filings. We undertake no obligation to update our forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. ots Originaltext: Spirent Communications Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch Contact: Cathi Lane Spirent Communications Director, Public Relations Phone: +44/818/676'23'64 mailto: cathi.lane@spirentcom.com Contact: Jillian Salvage Lewis PR Phone: +44/207/802'26'26 mailto: jiillians@lewispr.com

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