By Tawanda Chihota
The network will allow ITPC to provide fixed, mobile and data services quickly, with Alcatel providing a backbone covering 62 sites along three important routes in the country.
Alcatel has been awarded a US$39 million contract by Iraqi Telecommunications & Post Corporation (ITPC), the sole fixed operator in Iraq, to deliver a turnkey high capacity nation-wide microwave backbone.
ITPC will be able to handle growing national traffic caused by continuous increasing demands in the capital and in the country. The network will allow ITPC to provide fixed, mobile and data services quickly, with Alcatel providing a backbone covering 62 sites along three important routes in the country.
The World Bank will finance this contract.
Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel will supply its high-capacity long haul digital microwave radio transmission backbone along with Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems, PDH multiplex and cross connect, complemented by a powerful end-to-end network management, power supply equipment and towers providing efficient control & routing throughout the network.
“We are confident that our long-term partner will deliver such unique network backbone in the agreed time frames in order to have it fully operational by the beginning 2008. We have an urge to reconstruct the network in Iraq and we are convinced that Alcatel is the right partner for that,” said Mohamed S. Mohamed El Hamadany, Iraq’s deputy minister of communications.