Turnkey Communications System Connects First Privatized Cable Network Landing in Pakistan to United Arab Emirates and OmanMORRISTOWN, NJ - June 19, 2006 --
Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc., a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, announced that it has achieved the status of Ready for Provisional Acceptance (RFPA) under the terms of a multi-million dollar turnkey contract with Transworld Associates (Pvt.) Ltd, for the TWA-1 Undersea Cable Network. The system, the first privatized cable network to land in Pakistan, will link Karachi in Pakistan, Fujairah in UAE and Al Seeb Muscat in Oman.
The initial implementation of the network includes two fiber pairs connecting the three landings in a trunk and branch arrangement with each fiber pair initially commissioned to carry 10 Gb/s. This Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) undersea fiber optic cable system is more than 1,200 km in length and capable of carrying up to 1.28 Tb/s of transmission capacity when fully upgraded. The TWA-1 Network is designed to satisfy the increasing demands for voice, data and Internet bandwidth and the accelerating use of broadband services in Pakistan and the Gulf region.
“TWA embarked on this project of key strategic national importance with a vision of bringing high-speed communications technology to fuel the growth of IT and Telecom in Pakistan,” stated Kamran Malik, President and Chief Operating Officer of Transworld Associates (Pvt.), Ltd. “By leveraging the relationship with Tyco Telecommunications, we have obtained the expertise and leading-edge technology in a turnkey undersea system that enables us to achieve our project objectives. The need for international traffic from Pakistan is growing rapidly, and this need will be fulfilled by reliable international connectivity provided by TWA-1”. With the completion of the project, businesses and consumers in Pakistan will have access to reliable high value international bandwidth services at competitive prices.
Under the terms of the contract, Tyco Telecommunications supplied all aspects of the project, including network design, wet and dry plant manufacturing and installation, marine installation, commissioning and testing.
“Our ability to rapidly deliver a turnkey solution enables TWA to provide their customers with the benefits of a high capacity network infrastructure and directly facilitates international connectivity,” said Michael Rieger, vice president of sales and marketing at Tyco Telecommunications. “The Gulf region presents significant opportunities for the development of critical network infrastructure, and Tyco Telecommunications is committed to developing innovative solutions to support the unique needs of regional project developers like TWA.”
About Tyco Telecommunications
Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, is a leading global supplier for today's undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, the company delivers the most reliable, high-quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. In more than five decades of operation, Tyco Telecommunications has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 80 undersea fiber optic systems around the world. Tyco Telecommunication's global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, from system conception and design to ongoing maintenance that support the needs of telecommunications, Internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide. For more information visit www.tycotelecom.com
Transworld Associates Private Limited (TWA) is a joint venture between Orascom Telecom of Egypt, the Saif Group of Pakistan and.Zawawi Group of Oman. TWA is developing undersea fiber optic cable systems connecting Pakistan to the major international telecom hubs. TWA business strategy is structured around offering quality, tailor made end-to-end international bandwidth solutions to customers in Pakistan. TWA1 is the first private sector undersea cable system in Pakistan and offers the much needed high value international bandwidth services to the recently deregulated and rapidly developing telecom and IT sectors of Pakistan. For more information visit www.twa1.com
About Orascom Telecom Holding
Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. ("Orascom Telecom" or "OTH") is a leading international telecommunications company operating GSM networks in seven high growth markets in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, having a total population under license of approximately 460 million with an average mobile telephony penetration of approximately 16%. Orascom Telecom operates GSM networks in Algeria ("Djezzy"), Pakistan ("Mobilink"), Egypt ("Mobinil"), Tunisia ("Tunisiana"), Iraq ("Iraqna"), Bangladesh ("Banglalink"), and Zimbabwe ("Telecel Zimbabwe").
Orascom Telecom had over 35 million subscribers as at 31 March 2006. Orascom Telecom owns 19.3% of Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited, a leading telecommunication services provider operating in eight countries.
Orascom Telecom is traded on the Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchange under the symbol (ORTE.CA, ORAT EY), and on the London Stock Exchange its GDR is traded under the symbol (ORTEq.L, OTLD LI)
About Saif Group
Saif Group is a diversified industrial and services conglomerate operating businesses in telecommunication services and products, information technology and software development, textile manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, power generation, real estate development, and environmental management.
The Group is credited with introducing GSM technology in Pakistan by establishing the first ever GSM service in Pakistan “Mobilink” which is now the leading mobile telecommunications company in the country. Saif Group also specializes in development of value added services for SMS, MMS, GPRS and IVR platforms and has a proven track record of serving large operators both within Pakistan and internationally.
Saif Group, has significant investments, in oil and gas exploration & production and power generation. The Saif Power thermal generation plant once completed will contribute 225 MW to the National Grid. the project is being developed at a cost of $190 million.