Alcatel announced last week that it has signed a USD 80m contract with Ghana Telecom (GT) to upgrade and expand its telecom network across the nation. The contract was won through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel’s flagship Chinese company and the 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 advanced GSM solution. In addition, GT’s transmission network will be optimized with Alcatel’s Metro Solution and fiber optical ring in Accra.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 cooperation between China and Ghana."

The contract is part of a larger, three-year exclusive agreement between Alcatel and Ghana Telecom spanning further fixed and mobile infrastructure expansion.