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Alcatel-Lucent win Libya's first WiMAX contract

Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded the contract by Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT), the national Internet Service Provider in Libya, to deploy the first commercial WIMAX network in Libya.

LTT plans to launch the commercial service on its network in September 2008. The new network will support VoIP and high-speed internet access, enabling the delivery of advanced broadband multimedia services, eg video streaming, through a variety of end-user including modems and WiMAX terminals. It will also accommodate stationary, nomadic and mobile applications and complement the carrier's existing fixed-based broadband services. Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide a complete WiMAX infrastructure solution, including the radio access network, microwave backhaul and IP routers and will deploy around 120 sites in a first phase.

LTT has an aggressive schedule for additional deployments. "We want to provide our residential and business customers a wide range of beneficial, easy-to-use wireless broadband services," said Abdul Majeed Husain, Planning and Projects Department Manager of LTT. "Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX solution will enable us to better serve customers in major urban centres such as Tripoli."

Also in the contract, Alcatel-Lucent's Open CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) Programme, the infrastructure supports a wide range of terminals from various terminal equipment partners. The programme is designed to promote an open device ecosystem, ensuring that customers have access to the widest possible range of interoperable end-user devices at attractive pricing.

* Libya Telecom and Technology describes itself as the pioneer of Libyan companies working in the field of Internet and communications and information technology. Since 1997 the company has begun undergoing various scientific studies to lay down the foundations for a number of projects in the field of communications and information technology.

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