The US’ Alcatel-Lucent has won a €12m ($17.6m) contract to build and manage Algerian energy giant Sonatrach’s communications network.

The company announced the contract award on 14 September. It covers the supply, installation, commissioning and management of communication services at 157 Sonatrach sites across Algeria.

The deal is part of Sonatrach’s plans to revamp its network of management sites and to make communication between them easier. Alcatel says it is the leading provider of communications systems in the region.

Sonatrach has been revamping facilities and developing new sites across Algeria in 2009, while implementing new multi-billion-dollar projects.