Alcatel lands airport telecoms contract

Alcatel has been awarded a 41 million Euro contract to supply, integrate and deploy telecommunications and security systems for the Dubai International Airport expansion project.

Alcatel has been awarded 41 million Euros by the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation to supply, integrate and deploy telecommunications and security systems for the Dubai International Airport expansion project.

The Dubai Department of Civil Aviation has begun the second phase of its expansion program, related to the construction of Terminal 3, Concourse 2 and a car park. The construction work is scheduled for completion by mid-2007, by which time the airport will have the capacity to handle close to 70 million passengers a year, a significant increase from its current capacity of 22 million.

Alcatel is part of a consortium led by Thermo, which was awarded the overall project as well as the supply of all specialised airport systems together with Arinc.

Alcatel will supply, integrate and deploy security and access control systems, closed-circuit TV, radiating cable for the extension of the existing TETRA system, a master antenna system for an entertainment distribution network, and an overall structured cabling network connecting all systems over 7,000 kilometres. The overall value of the consortium contract is 370 million Euros.

“This project is our largest communications contract won to date against strong competition for an airport,” said Frederic Rose, President of Alcatel’s integration and services activities.

Separately, Alcatel announced earlier this week that it has signed a $685 million contract with Globacom, Nigeria’s second national operator, to deploy the latest mobile and fixed multimedia services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel will expand Globacom national mobile network capacity from its current 2.5 million subscribers to 10 million by the end of 2005. The contract also includes the deployment of a new multi-service IP (MSIP) network using data-aware optical technology, which will enable Globacom to pioneer Triple Play (voice, video, data) services in Africa.