Hariri described the project as one of his government’s most important achievements to date. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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State-owned internet company Ogero awarded a massive $283 million fiber-optic project to three companies Tuesday. SERTA Channels-Huawei, BMB-Calix and PowerTech-Nokia will build the rest of Lebanon's fiber-optic network, connecting the already-complete fiber backbone to streets and homes throughout much of the country.The winning local companies, SERTA Channels, BMB and PowerTech, are paired with major international firms Huawei, Calix and Nokia, respectively, as equipment vendors.Kreidieh said that because the project is so massive, a decision was made to bring all three companies on board – contingent on BMB-Calix and PowerTech-Nokia matching SERTA Channels-Huawei's bid, which was the lowest. The companies agreed, he told The Daily Star.Walid Khoury, the managing director of SERTA Channels, told The Daily Star the company was happy with the result. Huawei, Nokia and Calix are Chinese, Finnish and American companies, respectively.
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