Telecom Egypt signs Alcatel for expansion

Telecom Egypt has signed an agreement with Alcatel which will see 1.5 million new lines installed in the country in the next five years.

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By  Philip Fenton Published  June 16, 2002

Alcatel has signed a five year agreement with Telecom Egypt for the modernisation of its national telecommunication infrastructure.

The Nile Vision Plus agreement will extend and upgrade the network, providing an additional 1.5 million lines in 10 areas of the Delta and Alexandria region. The contract, which includes training and other services, follows the Nile Vision project awarded to Alcatel in 1997.

Alcatel will be in charge of the overall project management including demand forecast analysis, network planning, design, deployment, integration, and network operation support.

A first firm order has been placed under the frame agreement to provide and install 340,000 lines in the Delta region.

Akil Beschir, chairman of Telecom Egypt, said: “The Nile Vision Plus program will enable Telecom Egypt to further support our subscribers demands and the economical development of the country. We are keen to extend our relationship with Alcatel for this ambitious project."

Frédéric Rose, chief operating officer of Alcatel's Network Services activities, said: "We are committed to support Telecom Egypt from end-to-end network deployment and regional support services up to information and communication technology knowledge transfer. The Nile Vision Plus project confirms Alcatel's leading position in providing professional services to address today's increasing demand for customised network solutions."

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