Multiemedia wins $5m Iraqi contract

ASX-listed satellite broadband service provider, Multiemedia, has won a $5 million contract to supply the US military with Internet and voice services in post-war Iraq.

Its two-way satellite service, operated in conjunction with UK-based partners Transcom, will be used to enable forces based in the Middle East to communicate with the outside world.

The contract will be funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Winning the deal, initially for 29 systems but eventually expanded to 200, means Multiemedia has to open up its Newcastle-based Middle East and African beam by the start of December – a year ahead of its original schedule.

The deal was brokered at the GITEX 2003 telecommunications conference, that has generated orders from all over the region, Transcom CEO, Bill Smith, said.

Referring to the USAID deal as “the tip of the iceberg”, Smith claimed other customers signed up for deployments in the Middle East included the Central Bank of Iran.

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