Technology Partners wins Iraq phone network bid

Technology Partners has won the contract to help Iraq Telecom reconstruct and develop Iraq’s national phone network in a deal said to be worth around $10 million.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  March 11, 2004

Technology Partners has won the contract to help Iraq Telecom reconstruct and develop Iraq’s national phone network in a deal said to be worth around $10 million. The company will lead a consortium of firms tasked with setting up billing, network management and information systems connecting the 250 exchange sites across Iraq. Technology Partners claims this work will allow Iraq Telecom to start functioning as a commercial entity and supporting the reconstruction and development of the Iraqi national fixed line telecommunications network. "Iraq currently has over one million subscribers to its landline network, a number which is expected to grow very quickly in a population of more than 24 million," said Omar Barzanji, CEO, Technology Partners. "This calls for a great need for investment in the necessary infrastructure, which can only be made possible if Iraq Telecom can operate profitably." The project is faced with the task of getting Iraq’s fixed line telecommunications network up-to-date after years of stagnation. It will for example involve the deployment of billing and customer care management software from Argent Networks while Sun servers, Cisco routers and Lucent Technologies’ systems integration and professional services will equip each of Iraq's 250 telephone exchanges centers with PC-based workstations and trained CRM operators. The finished system is being designed to effectively underpin the work of Iraq Telecom’s engineers as they roll out new services and according to Technology Partners will utilise local resources as much as possible. "We will conduct 300 weeks of training, 200 within Iraq and 100 in countries such as Dubai and New Zealand," said Barzanji. "It’s a critical investment that aims to provide the Iraqi people with the basic necessity of a telecommunication system that works, in addition to being built with the best technology available today."

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