Middle East boost for Nortel with triple win

Networking outfit enjoys an impressive run of form in the Middle East to secure extensive communications projects in Iraq, UAE and Egypt

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By  Published  November 30, 2006

Networking vendor Nortel is celebrating after netting several lucrative projects in the Middle East.

Iraq’s sole fixed-line operator — the ITPC — has awarded the company a US$20m contract to build a nationwide optical backbone to deliver high-quality, high-band width data, video and multimedia services.

Simon Beard, director of Middle East business development EMEA at the vendor, claims the selection of Nortel as prime contractor is an endorsement of its achievements in the region.

“Restoring and improving countrywide communications is vital for the reconstruction of Iraq,” he said. “This contract is testament to Nortel’s successful record of DWDM transmission projects in Iraq since 2004 and our continuing commitment to proactively partner with ITPC in its efforts to rebuild Iraqi communications.”

The new network will link to the ITPC’s Iraq South Ring DWDM network, which was built by Nortel two years ago as part of the US aid-funded Iraq reconstruction programme.

The system delivers broadband optical services between Baghdad and the southern city of Basra.

Under the terms of the contract, Nortel will supply a national optical backbone network that covers a distance of 5,000 kilometers and includes 35 major cities. The network will be constructed using Nortel’s next generation DWDM solution.

Meanwhile, Nortel has also been chosen to deliver a next-generation IP network for the headquarters of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSO) — a free zone technology park for semiconductors, microelectronics and other electronic-based companies.

The network from Nortel — which will be deployed by local partner Beta Information Technology — will give DSO a scalable, mobile and unified communications network.

“Nortel's technology will provide DSO with a highly secure and reliable, highspeed network based on the latest technologies for current and next-generation multimedia applications,” said Ramin Attari, Middle East Leader at Nortel. “The flexibility to easily expand to meet future demand while maintaining a highly secure and ‘always on’ business critical network will be crucial to meeting DSO’s business plan for higher service and efficiency.”

In addition to project wins in Iraq and the UAE, Nortel also secured a deal to provide communications services such as VoIP and WiFi mobility to a new campus at The American University in Cairo. The centre will serve more than 7,000 users.

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