Iraq to get radio transmitters from Harris

According to a contract signed with the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Harris Corporation will help rebuild Iraq's communications infrastructure by providing it with the necessary audio equipment.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  October 6, 2003

Communications equipment provider Harris Corporation has signed a deal with the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in Iraq to bring listeners news and entertainment programming from the BBG, which includes Radio SAWA, Radio Free Iraq, and Voice of America broadcast services.

According to the agreement, Harris will equip various sites in Iraq, including Baghdad with its Quest(tm)-1 1kW, Z10FM 10kW FM and Z5FM 5kW FM radio transmitters as well as other related audio equipment to help in rebuilding the communications infrastructure of Iraq.

"Harris offers a broad spectrum of innovative, assured communications products that are ideally suited for rapid deployment and infrastructure development," commented Howard Lance, president and CEO of Harris. "Our products have been deployed in developing nations around the world, and we are addressing the specific needs of Iraq where infrastructure development is lacking or nonexistent."

The company has also recently created an Iraq Initiatives Office that pools the products and resources of its five communications businesses to address the business opportunities related to the rebuilding of Iraq. Heading the company's new Iraq initiatives programme is Youssef Sleiman. "Youssef is the point man in our efforts to provide a variety of broadcast, microwave, network support, and integrated communications systems for US-funded contracts, as well as programmes arising from the rebuilding efforts by the new Iraqi government and by free-enterprise initiatives," commented Bob Henry, senior vice president of Harris.

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