SHENZHEN global telecom equipment provider, Huawei Technologies, has sent teams to take part in rebuilding infrastructure in Libya even though war was still raging in the capital, Tripoli.
Because the situation in Libya was not stable, it is still not known what could be done after the teams reached Libya. But Huawei decided to send teams back to maintain telecommunications in the interest of its consumers there, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported yesterday, quoting a source from Huawei headquarters.
The optic fiber network and telecom projects of Huawei and ZTE Corp. had been halted in Libya because of the war.
Libya International Telecommunication Corp. signed a contract with Huawei Technologies last year for the construction of 40km underwater optic fiber and cables. Costing US$10 million, the project was scheduled to be finished in July this year.
The 3G network in Libya was contracted to ZTE, another Shenzhen-based provider of telecom equipment and network solutions. The network had been commissioned in September 2006. Both companies had withdrawn their employees from Libya when trouble broke out in February.
“The assets of Chinese enterprises in Libya are well protected and China hopes Libya will restore stability as soon as possible. China is willing to play an active role in Libya’s reconstruction along with the international community,” Shen Danyang, spokesman of China’s Ministry of Commerce, said yesterday.
China is involved in 50 projects in Libya which are worth US$18.8 billion and all had been suspended until the conflict is resolved. More than 35,000 Chinese citizens, mostly employed in the engineering, infrastructure and oil sectors, were brought out of Libya in February. (Han Ximin)