Alcatel announced yesterday that it has signed an $80 million contract with Ghana Telecom (GT), the biggest telecom operator in Ghana, to upgrade and expand its telecom network. The contract was won through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel’s Chinese company and leading Chinese telecom technology vendor.
Under the contract, Alcatel will provide and install 250,000 switching lines in Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi, the ‘gold triangle’ area of Ghana. Alcatel will also help to expand mobile network capacity to 630,000 subscribers with its GSM solution. In addition, GT’s transmission network will be optimised with Alcatel’s Metro Solution and fibre optical ring in Accra.
Mr. Albert Kan-Dinah, Minister of Communications of Ghana said: ‘I extend my sincere congratulations to Alcatel as the winning partner of GT, after a vigorous selection process involving six bidders. This signing is a milestone. It is not only a success for Alcatel, but has symbolic importance for the overall economic co-operation between China and Ghana.’
When the project is completed, Ghana Telecom will be able to extend telecom services to all secondary schools, towns and villages in the country. Overall, Alcatel will create a ninefold increase in the country’s mobile capacity and a threefold increase in fixed network capacity.
The contract is part of a larger, three-year exclusive agreement between Alcatel and Ghana Telecom spanning further fixed and mobile infrastructure expansion.