Lucent handed Iraq landline repair deal

Bechtel, the US engineering firm overseeing reconstruction work in Iraq, has awarded a US$25million subcontract to Lucent to carry out repairs to the country’s landline infrastructure.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  August 26, 2003

Bechtel, the US engineering firm overseeing reconstruction work in Iraq, has awarded a US$25million subcontract to Lucent to carry out repairs to the country’s landline infrastructure.

The US equipment vendor will start work on the project next month, with aim to restore 240,000 fixed lines in Baghdad that are currently out of service.

It will provide 13 central office switches, as well optical transport technology and network management systems designed for voice and high-speed data transmissions.

Lucent and Bechtel will also work with local Iraqi contractors to install and deploy the switching units to bring the 240,000 lines back into service.

“A reliable, flexible communications system is critical to virtually all of the work we are doing to rebuild Iraq,” says Cliff Mumm, Bechtel’s Iraq programme manager.

Lucent was awarded the contract through a tender process opened by Bechtel in July, after the construction company’s original brief in Iraq was expanded to include repairs to the country’s communications networks.

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