Nortel lands deals in Iraq and Egypt

Network vendor Nortel has scored two contract wins in the region, announcing deals in Iraq and Egypt last month

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By  Published  December 3, 2006

Network vendor Nortel has scored two contract wins in the region, announcing deals in Iraq and Egypt last month.

The Iraq Telecommunications and Post Corporation (ITPC), Iraq’s sole fixed-line operator, has awarded Nortel a US$20million contract to build a nationwide optical backbone network.

Under the terms of the contract, Nortel will supply a national optical backbone network that covers a distance of 5,000 km and includes 35 major cities. The network will be constructed using Nortel’s next-generation dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) solution.

“This national project is vitally important to the many telecommunication projects underway that will help rebuild the capabilities of the Iraqi society and economy,” said Mohamed Allawi, Iraq’s Minister of Communications.

“We selected Nortel’s advanced networking technology as the right foundation for Iraqi telecommunications and are confident that the improved communications made possible by this network will help accelerate the reconstruction of our country,” he continued.

In a separate deal, the American University in Cairo (AUC) has selected an integrated voice and data network from Nortel for its new City of Learning campus. The university will deploy an end-to-end solution from Nortel including voice, data, mobility and multimedia solutions at the new complex, which will be used by 5,500 full-time students and 1,500 faculty and staff, with the possibility of further expansion.

Dr Sami Akabawi, associate vice president for computing at the AUC, said the university selected Nortel for contract, worth approximately US$8million, from a shortlist of three.

“It was an open competitive bid and we invited all network vendors to provide their best and final offers and Nortel was the one who was the lowest cost with the required functionalities that we had set,” he told IT Weekly last month.

The company has used some equipment from Nortel before but its main network provider for its downtown campus is Cisco. The AUC will continue to use the original campus for the school of continuing education.

“AUC is a great example of how Nortel helps transform the complex network requirements of its customers into a simple communications experience that is seamless to the user, regardless of device,” said Ramin Attari, vice president of Nortel Middle East (ME).

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