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Telecoms Egypt set to modernise its network as it prepares for competition

Telecoms Egypt signs operations and managed services contract with Alcatel-Lucent

Egyptian fixed-line incumbent Telecoms Egypt is preparing for the arrival of market competition in the sector by pairing with Alcatel-Lucent to modernise its network.

The Egyptian company has commissioned Alcatel-Lucent engineers to assess, modernise and maintain its existing infrastructure in a bid to improve customer satisfaction.

"We have decided to focus more on the development of customer-specific services and therefore will partner with Alcatel-Lucent as a strategic network partner to help us in operating and managing those services efficiently," said Telecom Egypt CEO Akil Bashisr.

The deal is part of the company's strategy to reposition itself in the market from its previous position as a pure ‘technology provider' to a strategic partner of network operators, according to Bashisr.

Elsewhere, Alcatel-Lucent was awarded a multi-million Euro contract by Tunisie Telecom to deploy a DSL-based network solution, to support the future deployment of broadband services including IPTV, high-speed Internet, VoIP and VPNs to the country's enterprise sector. The project is expected to be completed by early 2008.

"Thanks to Alcatel-Lucent's DSL solution, we will be able to further expand the penetration of broadband services in Tunisia and pave the way for the introduction of a variety of new services for the consumers such as IPTV and for enterprises such as high speed data lines and VPN," said Ahmed Mahjoub, CEO of Tunisie Telecom.