Alcatel signs Egyptian deals

Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Alcatel have inked two, five-year deals that hope to make Egypt the regional communications and IT hub.

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By  Richard Brown Published  June 13, 2002

Alcatel and the MCIT signed a US$113 million pact that includes Alcatel expanding its local training activities into a regional training organization integrated into its worldwide Alcatel
University organisation.

The new site will work alongside the National Telecom Institute of Egypt to train new graduates. About 4,000 people (more than half being non-Egyptian), are expected be trained over the five-year period.

In addition, Alcatel will develop its Cairo-based International Service Center focused on advanced telecom software applications staffed by local experts and promote research and development into 3G cellular services. The skills are expected to generate over US$132 million in export-led activity over the next five years.

Dr. Ahmed Nazif, the Minister of Telecommunications and
Information Technology, remarks: “This far-reaching agreement with Alcatel builds on the relationships we have been forming with the private sector to meet our mutual goals of Telecom infrastructure expansion and human resource development in Egypt.”

The deal between Alcatel and Telecom Egypt, dubbed the Nile Vision Plus Frame agreement, focuses on the TE’s infrastructure in 10 areas in the Delta and Alexandria region. It aims at further modernization of the network as a second phase of the Nile Vision project awarded to Alcatel in 1997.

Alongside extending and upgrading the regional network to connect an additional 1.5 million lines to the Delta and Alexandria region, this second pact will help train staff and provide professional services to Telecom Egypt to boost customer service.

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