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Iraq goes GSM, after all

Former bankrupt, MCI, get the contract
Sun May 18 2003, 12:50
GSM HAS TRIUMPED over CDMA in Iraq after all.

The Pentagon has just awarded a contract to MCI to get a GSM network up and running in Iraq. This is despite serious pressure from US Congressman, Darrell Issa, to persuade the US government to favour rival CDMA technology instead.

The network should be operational next month.

Reports estimate that the contract is worth around $45 million but is only for a very basic network of between 5,000 to 10,000 handsets. MCI also played a part in helping to construct a GSM network in Afghanistan after the conflict there.

Intriguingly, MCI is the new name for Worldcom, the US based communications company which went spectacularly bankrupt and which is now run by ex-Compaq star Mike Capellas.

Obviously it is well suited to operate in an environment such as Iraq, then. µ


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