Alcatel-Lucent has signed a multi-million dollar contract with LPTIC (Libyan Post Telecommunications & Information Technology Company), 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 kilometers of optical fibre across the eastern part of the country. Once the second stage is complete, which will add a further 2,800 kilometres, Libya will be equipped with one of Africa’s most widespread fibre optic backbones able to interface with neighbouring countries and support Libyan economic growth and social development.
Under the terms of the contract extension, Alcatel-Lucent will provide LPTIC with a turnkey solution including a comprehensive set of services including design, project management, installation of the fiber optic system, testing and commissioning.
LPTIC will benefit from Alcatel-Lucent’s worldwide leadership and experience in turnkey optical projects to upgrade its network by expanding capacity and bandwidth availability to offer its customers the most advanced services.
“This second phase is one of the largest and most significant telecommunications investments in our country,”Dr Mohamed Samir Elbuni, CEO 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,” said 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.”