Alcatel wins new contracts

3 Dec 2004

French equipment supplier Alcatel has been awarded contracts from Bhutan Telecom and China Netcom, to build a rural telecoms network and a 3G network in Bhutan and China respectively. The Bhutan deal is worth around EUR16 million and will provide rural areas of the country with voice and data services based on microwave radio and wireless VoIP solutions. In China, Alcatel’s Shanghai Bell unit will build a 3G pilot network in Beijing, enabling Netcom to test voice, data and multi-media mobile services in the city. Alcatel already has a presence in China, having set up a similar 3G network trial with China Telecom earlier this year.