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[liberationtech] Technical specifications for the Internet Backbone in Syria

Collin Anderson collin at
Fri Apr 13 13:28:01 PDT 2012

Just for clarification, this appears to be the RFA, Siemens' winning bid
and the actual contract for STE infrastructure work.

My understanding is that STE is probably about two generations ahead of
this document, and now much of the telecommunications equipment are Huawei
or later-model Cisco devices. The lawful intercept clauses seem to be
standard fair, and we are now aware that the one-month window has expanded
significantly longer.

Still, looking at the equipment list, it seems like Siemens was dumping
outdated hardware on a desperate market.


On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM, ilf <ilf at> wrote:

> The German Pirate Party published a the technical specifications for the
> national National Internet Backbone and STE ISP that were given by the
> Syrian Arab Republic in August 1999(!):
> Of special interest ist probably the section "monitoring system", starting
> at page 19.
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> ilf
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