Brin connects up with Alcatel GSM

Bnin is to build its first GSM network and install a backbone fibre optic transmission link and switching systems.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 5, 2000

Bnin is to build its first GSM network and install a backbone fibre optic transmission link and switching systems.

Alcatel has picked up the contracts worth some US $36 million (Euro35 million) to supply the system through the US-based Titan Corp. The three networks will be installed during this year and operated by Bnin’s national operator OPT.

Alcatel is to supply its Volium global mobile infrastructure, which uses an Alcatel 1000 MSC switching mobile centre, a base-station controller, Evolium base stations, a customer care and billing system, SDH and PDH transmission links. Alcatel will also oversee all the associated civil engineering works.

The network will be installed first in the capital Cotonou with extensions planned to the north and south of the country. Eventually the network will be countrywide. The 430 km long fibre optic backbone transmission link will also link Cotonou to Parakou.

This SDH link will help digitise the transmission network of the country. At a later stage, the link will be extended so that landlocked countries of the region can access the capacity that will be offered by the SAT3/WASC submarine network that will also be supplied by Alcatel.

Finally, Alcatel 1000 switching systems will be installed in Parakou and Savalou to modernise the current fixed network.

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