Telecom Egypt signs US$60 million deal with Nortel Networks

The five year deal will see significant expansion to Egypt’s national telecommunications infrastructure.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  March 23, 2003

Telecom Egypt and the country’s Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) have signed a massive US$60 million deal with Nortel Networks. The five year deal will see significant ‘expansion and modernisation’ to Egypt’s national telecommunications infrastructure.

The network upgrade, which includes both wireline and wireless solutions, will enable Telecom Egypt to drive reduced capital and operating expenses. The network project will offer foundation for future delivery of multimedia and packet voice services.

“This 'SuperNet' agreement deepens the cooperation between Telecom Egypt and Nortel Networks, a proven and trusted business ally,” says Akil Beshir, chairman, Telecom Egypt.

“It will also assist in satisfying the demands of our customers by enabling us to provide next generation communications services such as reliable high-speed data connections,” he adds.

Key elements of the network upgrade will include Nortel Networks Univity* CDMA2000 1X Wireless Data Network solutions, Nortel's Succession* Communication Server 2000 superclass softswitches and Nortel’s DMScircuit switches.

Telecom Egypt also plans to deploy Univity CDMA2000 1X solutions to offer fixed wireless services.

By deploying Succession Communication Server 2000 superclass softswitches and DMS-100 local switching systems, Telecom Egypt will be positioned to migrate to voice over packet technology at its own pace. Voice over packet enables voice traffic to be broken down into smaller pieces and sent as data packets, allowing carriers to operate more cost-effectively and efficiently by using a common packet network to carry voice, data and video traffic.

In addition, it will allow Telecom Egypt to offer revenue-generating multimedia services in the future.

“We strive to have Nortel Networks solutions as the cornerstone of Telecom Egypt's wireline and wireless evolution strategy,” says Michel Clement, president, Nortel Networks for France, the Middle East and Africa.

“This agreement further substantiates the breadth and strength of our wireless and wireline product solutions,” he adds.

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