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Yemen signs up Alcatel

Alcatel is to provide another 164,000 telephone lines in Yemen as the country's rapid telecommunications expansion continues. The French telecom giant will also supply a number of high capacity switches.

Yemen’s rapid expansion of its telephone network continues apace, after a new deal with Alcatel to add another 164,000 lines across the country.

Under the contract, the French telecom giant will supply Yemen’s Public Telecommunications Corporation (PTC) with 21 high capacity Alcatel 1000 Multimedia Multiservices switches.

“PTC has decided to upgrade its entire network with the aim of providing even better service to its clients,” said Yemen’s minister of communications, Abdul Malak Al Mua’limi. “With the Alcatel 1000 MM system, we will enable our customers to access high-speed Internet access and multimedia services.

“Furthermore, these new systems will significantly raise our network capacity and will reduce drastically our costs in network engineering and operating systems.”

Each node on the Alcatel 1000 MM platform carries an extra 30% reserve capacity, allowing for the addition of extra subscribers without the need for expensive new infrastructure additions.

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