Alexandria gets new exchange

Egypt’s efforts to increase teledensity and improve access to telecoms services have continued with the completion of a digital telephone exchange in Alexandria.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  August 7, 2003

Egypt’s efforts to increase teledensity and improve access to telecoms services have continued with the completion of a digital telephone exchange in Alexandria.

The exchange, situated at El Hadra, has added 20,000 lines to the Alexandria area network and cleared a local waiting list of nearly 8,000 people.

The project was funded out of the US$36.6million Digital Switching System III initiative in Egypt, which is administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and includes the installation of another 15 such digital exchanges for 310,000 phone lines nationwide.

The exchange provides new capabilities such as ISDN for high-speed internet, data transmission and video conferencing, and replaces an old exchange for mobile services.

Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Ahmed Nazif, inaugurated the project at an August 3th ceremony, along with monopoly operator, Telecom Egypt’s chairman Eng. Akil Beshir.

USAID claims to have provided US$603 million for upgrades to Egypt’s telecommunications system over the past 20 years, including the installation of 800,000 telephone lines serving 4.8 million users.

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