Alcatel-Lucent equips LPTIC with fiber-optic network

NOVEMBER 5, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent has signed a multimillion euro contract with Libyan Post Telecommunications & Information Technology Company to deploy the second phase of Eastern Libya's optical fiber network.

NOVEMBER 5, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has further strengthened its working relationship with LPTIC (Libyan Post Telecommunications & Information Technology Company) by signing a multimillion euro contract to deploy the second phase of Eastern Libya's optical fiber network.

Alcatel-Lucent is currently finalizing the first phase of deployment, which includes 4,400 km of optical fiber across the eastern part of the country. Once the second stage is complete -- which will add a further 2,800 km -- Libya will be equipped with one of Africa's most widespread fiber-optic backbones able to interface with neighboring countries and support Libyan economic growth and social development.

Under the terms of the contract extension, Alcatel-Lucent will provide LPTIC with a turnkey system including services such as design, project management, installation of the fiber-optic system, testing, and commissioning.

The upgrade will expand LPTIC's capacity and bandwidth availability to support advanced services.

"This second phase is one of the largest and most significant telecommunications investments in our country," says Mohamed Samir Elbuni, chiefe executive officer of LPTIC. "Libya will be equipped with a state-of-the-art network, which gives the entire country a competitive advantage and enables it to continue bridging the digital divide."

"This ambitious deployment allows LPTIC to offer new services and opportunities to its end users and illustrates Alcatel-Lucent ability to efficiently deploy a very large-scale optical fiber backbone," says Vincenzo Nesci, president of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in Middle East and Africa. "This agreement further cements the well established cooperation we have with LPTIC and confirms Alcatel-Lucent's leading position on the African market."

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