Sumitomo and NEC pen Iraq mobile deal

Japanese firms Sumitomo and NEC have received a US$650,000 order to supply mobile-phone equipment to Iraq. The companies will supply equipment to connect mobile phone stations in a network that Cairo-based Orascom Telecom Holding SAE will build...

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  November 3, 2003

Japanese firms Sumitomo and NEC have received a US$650,000 order to supply mobile-phone equipment to Iraq.

The companies will supply equipment to connect cell- phone stations in a network that Cairo-based Orascom Telecom Holding SAE will build in central Iraq, including Baghdad.

The order is the first reconstruction contract received by Japanese companies since the end of the war in Iraq.

Sumitomo is Japan's fourth-largest trading company by sales and NEC is the nation's biggest mobile-phone maker.

The NEC/Sumitomo deal is the latest in a string of announcements that signal the re-emergence country’s telecoms sector.

Two months ago Iraq’s communications minister named the companies will build the first mobile telephone networks in a country that has largely lacked even basic communications services since the first Gulf War.

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