Egyptian university rolls out wireless

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

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By  Administrator Published  April 30, 2007

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

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.

Netgear also recently announced that its RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N routers have become the first wireless networking products in the industry to ship with ‘connect with Centrino' certification - an Intel programme.

The vendor announced in late 2006 that its sales hit US$2 million in its first six months of operation in the Middle East.

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