Alcatel announced that it has signed a major contract with General Post and Telecommunication Company (GPTC) for the supply of a complete solution including GSM/EDGE and 3G/UMTS infrastructure and services in Libya. This contract, which is worth within the scale of USD 100 million, increases Alcatel's leadership in Libya and constitutes a major UMTS deployment for Alcatel in Africa.
Under the terms of this contract, Alcatel will supply GPTC with its industry-leading Evolium(tm) mobile radio access and core network solution to service 2.5 million GSM/EDGE and 3G/UMTS users throughout 75% of the Libyan territory. Furthermore, Alcatel will develop and integrate for GPTC a complete portfolio of attractive mobile services to be run throughout the operator's network over the whole country.
This network deployment, which is due to be completed by the end of 2005, builds upon the existing GSM/EDGE infrastructure already deployed by Alcatel for GPTC in 1996. With this new contract, Alcatel will enable the operator to dramatically extend its current GSM/EDGE footprint while deploying a brand new UMTS network in a single stage. Thanks to the flexibility of Alcatel's Evolium(tm) solution, GPTC will also give to a larger part of its GSM- network the capability to evolve to GPRS/EDGE and 3G/UMTS according to market needs.
The services package developed and integrated by Alcatel for GPTC will enable the operator to provide Libyan citizens with a wealth of high-quality mobile services, including mobile video telephony and conferencing, online games, live TV over mobile, a 3G video portal, video messaging, webcam access, live sporting events and instant messaging services.
This state of the art network will also extend access to telephony in the country, covering areas which were so far underserved, with an additional number of over one million mobile users covered by the network. Other products in the scope of this contract feature Alcatel's PDH microwave, optical ADM and VSAT satellite transmission solutions.
"We are very pleased to conclude this contract with Alcatel who has been our long-standing partner in Libya", declared Eng. Mohamed Moammar Al Gathafi, Chairman of GPTC. "Thanks to Alcatel's world-wide expertise in mobile infrastructure and services, GPTC -- will pioneer the UMTS technology in Africa and position Libya as the frontrunner in the development of Africa's telecommunication landscape."
"This is a major UMTS deployment contract for Alcatel in Africa", said Etienne Fouques, President of Alcatel's mobile communications activities. "This contract reinforces Alcatel's presence in Libya as well as the company's overall commitment to the development of the region. It also shows that Alcatel's Evolium(tm) multi-standard solutions are bound to success on the African continent, as they offer a seamless and natural evolution from 2.5G towards 3G/UMTS and even beyond."