Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM), the country’s incumbent operator and fixed line monopoly holder, has extended its contract with Alcatel-Lucent, hiring the equipment supplier to deploy the third phase of Mozambique’s national fibre backbone. Alcatel-Lucent recently finished the first two phases of the network rollout, laying 2,970km of optical fibre across the country. The contract extension, worth EUR21 million (USD29.98 million), will see the Paris-based supplier roll out a further 2,585km and deploy its optical transmission solutions to connect any remaining geographic areas. The backbone project, scheduled for completion in 2011, will span 5,555km in total and provide a direct link to the EASSy and SEACOM submarine cable systems, boosting network capacity and bandwidth availability in the country. Adolfo Hernandez, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Europe the Middle East and Africa, said: ‘Alcatel-Lucent’s optical transport solutions will provide TDM with the capacity, reliability, flexibility and scalability to efficiently address the country’s communication demands.’ Joaquim de Carvalho, chairman of TDM, added: ‘The project’s final objective is to link all of our provincial capitals via an optical backbone network, bringing Mozambique into the information and communication community, and bridging the digital divide.’
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