Alcatel to pursue Yemen’s network expansion
Yemen’s Public Telecommunication Corporation (PTC) has contracted the France’s Alcatel company to expand and modernize its fixed network. Alcatel's solutions will enable Yemen PTC to deploy more than 220,000 new telephone lines across the country.
"The deployment of Alcatel 1000 MM switching systems will enable Yemen PTC to offer new services such as high-speed Internet access and multimedia services. It will also significantly raise its network capacity and reduce drastically its costs in network engineering and operations (OPEX)," said Kamal Al-Gerby, director general of Yemen PTC.
Deliveries have already started and the operator's network will be open for commercial use end of September 2002. Alcatel's current installed base in Yemen comprises 630,000 terminations, representing an 80 percent share of the local fixed market.
Alcatel designs, develops and builds communications networks, enabling carriers, service providers and enterprises to deliver content, such as voice, data and multimedia, to consumers throughout the world. With more than 320 million lines delivered worldwide on digital switching systems, Alcatel connects one out of five subscribers in the world. With sales of €25 billion in 2001 and 99,000 employees, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.
PTC is the incumbent operator for fixed and data networks in Yemen, with more than 752,000 lines. With 100 percent of the subscribers connected on digital exchanges and a national SDH transmission backbone on more than 8400 kilometer of fiber optic, PTC—which is a 100 percent state owned operator—provides fixed telecommunication services nation-wide and international telecommunications services, through a joint venture with Cable & Wireless.
While focusing on its core business for fixed telephony, PTC had started lately fast deployment of data networks and Internet service provisioning. — (menareport.com)
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