Bechtel Reaches Major Milestone in Reconstruction of Iraq's Telecommunications Sector
The ITPC and Bechtel subcontractor Lucent Technologies installed 13 new switches; the ITPC and Bechtel subcontractor Globecomm installed the international gateway; and Bechtel managed the work. The switches and international gateway are connected to and being monitored and controlled from the new Network Operations Center at Al Mamoun, the largest telephone exchange site in the country.
“This effort succeeded because of the strong partnership between Bechtel and its subcontractors and the ITPC,” said Steve Beuby, Bechtel’s project manager for telecommunications. “The work of the ITPC was truly remarkable.” ITPC telephone exchange work included considerable site preparation; digging new cable ducts; splicing 1,800-pair and smaller cables; placing concrete slabs for equipment containers; and building security walls, fencing, and lighting installations. ITPC crews worked 24 hours a day for two- and three-day periods commissioning and integrating switches, and performed all cable splicing and wiring of main distribution frames. Tip cable splicing and connecting subscriber wiring to the switches continues.
Bechtel also is restoring portions of the main 2,000-kilometer, north-south fiber optic backbone connecting Dahuk in the far north to Umm Qasr in the extreme south. Connectivity between all cities north and south of Baghdad will deliver voice and data communications needed to meet the country’s immediate requirements and to foster future economic development.
In support of the Coalition Provisional Authority’s reconstruction effort in Iraq, Bechtel is under contract with USAID for the repair, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of vital elements of Iraq’s infrastructure. This effort runs through 2005 and includes the repair and renovation of port facilities, power stations, telecommunications, water systems, rail, bridges, buildings, and airports.
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