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    Dr. Kamel Witnesses Agreement Signing on Submarine Cable Deployment between TE and Alcatel-Lucent

    Cairo , 31 January 2008
    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel witnessed today the signing of a $125 million contract between Telecom Egypt (TE) and the French Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a new submarine cable network linking Sidi Kerir in Egypt to Marseille in France.
     
    Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel-Lucent's Submarine Network Activity Mr. Georges Krebs and Telecom Egypt Chairman and CEO Eng. Aqil Beshir signed the agreement in the presence of National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) Executive Chairman Dr. Amr Badawy and Alcatel-Lucent Middle East and Africa President Mr. Vincenzo Nesci. 

    Named TE North, the project will enable Telecom Egypt to expand international connectivity, providing diversity from existing cable routes. The TE North submarines cable system will also help Telecom Egypt enhance its network capacity to operate as a wholesale carrier to other operators and expand its service offered to businesses and consumers. 

    "Alcatel-Lucent's turnkey expertise and technological lead in submarine networks shall help us achieve our project and business objectives on time," Eng. Beshir said.

    Spanning 3,100 km, TE North can deliver an ultimate capacity of 128 x 10Gbit/s on eight fiber pairs, which makes it one of the largest cable systems in the region. This, in turn, will enable Telecom Egypt to meet the growing demand for broadband services of its business and residential users at more affordable costs. 

    "Access to advanced technologies is key to operators like Telecom Egypt to best serve their customers," said Krebs.

    The new cable will further establish Egypt's role as an international communication hub between Europe and Asia/Africa and reinforce the city of Marseille as a communications center with open access facilities. 

    Dr. Kamel said that granting this license goes in line with the State policy to liberate the communications sector implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.





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