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>     PARIS, June 29 (Reuters) - French telecommunications group Alcatel <CGEP.PA>
>  said on Tuesday it had been awarded a contract worth $265 million to develop an
>  African undersea cable project.
>      Alcatel said the new network in the Atlantic would take up nearly 14,000
> kilometres and run along the West African coast  up to Portugal.
>    A spokesman for Alcatel said the network would form an express route between
> South Africa, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Senegal and Portugal, while sub-sections
> would branch off into Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Angola.
>    "There is a main express road and other smaller branches which may have less
> capacity," the spokesman said.
>    The contract was awarded by the 10 countries to access the network, as well
> as other operators including BT <BT.L>, Cable & Wireless <CWZ.L> and AT&T <T.N>,
>  Alcatel said.
>    The company said it would use wavelength-division multiplexing technology so
> that the capacity of the network could be increased as traffic demands dictate.
>    It said it had also been commissioned to supply an integrated network
> management solution for a system between South Africa, Reunion, Mauritius, India
>  and Malaysia.
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> Tuesday, 29 June 1999 09:43:34