State telecoms provider and regulator General Post, Telecommunication & Information Technology Company has awarded France’s Alcatel and Italy’s Sirti two contracts to install a next-generation basic network across the country. The Eur 161 million ($204 million) project involves the installation of a new optical fibre network across the country and is due to be completed within 24 months. Sirti has a Eur 68 million ($86 million) contract to build a 3,200-kilometre-cable-network in the north and east of the country. China’s ZTE is assisting the local Libyana , the country’s largest mobile operator in Libya, to build a wireless CDMA network. The network will have a capacity of 1 million lines and cover most of the country’s population in 14 main cities (MEED 20:5:06).