Egyptian Uni rolls out wireless platforms

The American University in Cairo (AUC) has implemented US$40,000 worth of wireless products from vendor Netgear, IT Weekly can exclusively reveal.

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By  Administrator Published  April 12, 2007

The American University in Cairo (AUC) has implemented US$40,000 worth of wireless products from vendor Netgear, IT Weekly can exclusively reveal.

The networking firm supplied wireless solutions - access points and POE (power over ethernet) switches - to the university for two separate projects.

The first involved the provision of wireless coverage to approximately 500 students living in university accommodation and was valued at around US$26,000.

The second was the supply of wireless coverage to between 300 and 500 students that had been transferred to AUC from the American University of Beirut. This project was estimated to be worth US$14,000.

Randa Tawfik, marketing director for Netgear's Egypt partner HitekNofal, told IT Weekly benefits included faster speed and more reliable wireless coverage, as well as greater mobility.

Earlier this year, Netgear won a US$500,000 wireless contract from the UAE ministry of education.

The vendor is putting a major focus on the education vertical this year as governments across the region increase funding for technology in education; a key part of this being the incorporation of wireless technologies.

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