Huawei to Rebuild Telecommunications Infrastructure in Libya
Even with the war still raging in Libya, Huawei Technologies decided to send teams to be part of the rebuilding of the damaged telecommunications infrastructure. Although its still not known how big the damage is until the teams reach Libya.
The Shenzhen based telecom equipment provider decided to send the teams to try and resume and maintain telecommunications systems in the interest of their consumers in Libya. Libya International Telecommunications Corp. signed a deal with Huawei last year to work on the construction of a 40km underwater fiber optic cable. Due to the war, the fiber optic and telecom projects were put on hold. The project was suppose to be finished in July this year.
Shenzhen based ZTE also provided the 3G network infrastructure in Libya, which was commissioned by Libya in September 2006. The two companies had already withdrawn their workers and employees in Libya when the war started in February. China said that Chinese enterprise assets in Libya are protected and hopes that the country will be stable soon. China also said that they are willing to be a part of Libya’s reconstruction along with other international efforts.
So far there are 50 projects in Libya that China is handling, said to be worth US$18 billion and have currently suspended around 35,000 Chinese citizens working in the fields of engineering, oil and infrastructure sectors.