Egypt promised broadband Internet services

Noor Advanced Technologies is creating a high speed Internet access, content hosting and portal solution for residents and businesses throughout the country.

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By  Rob Corder Published  January 17, 2001

Noor Advanced Technologies, an Egyptian Internet solutions specialist, is creating a high speed Internet access, content hosting and portal solution for residents and businesses throughout the country.

The company has committed to a $100 million deal with NCR, which will be the lead integrator for a mainly Cisco-based solution capable of delivering broadband Internet access to customers of the network. Phase one of the network is expected to be operational by the end of the year.

“Our announcement today is an unequivocal commitment to Egypt: this country will be the centre of Internet technology for the region,” said Basel Dalloul, chairman and chief executive officer of Noor Advanced Technologies.

“The network that Noor has created with the help of Cisco and NCR, both leaders in Internet and telecommunications technology, will give Egyptian business the technology platform it needs to take the lead in the digital economy,” he added.

The communications network, based on Cisco’s multiservice IP + ATM networking technology, will give customers access at 60 nodes around the country, with multiple tens of megabits-per-second data links to the rest of the Global Internet, and hundreds of megabits-per-second of bandwidth available for broadband access within Egypt.

Noor is looking at providing business and residential users with a variety of communication services, including narrow- and broadband Internet access, portal services, public ATM and IP services, public Frame Relay services and VPN services.

“This network is based on some of the most advanced networking technology yet seen in the region. It uses the latest Cisco MGX and BPX multiservice IP+ATM carrier-class switches, supporting all Virtual Private Network services for secure corporate data access over a cost-effective shared network, as well as sophisticated content management features that ensure users get very fast response when downloading data. Because the network infrastructure is intelligent and supports voice, video and data, Noor can quickly and easily create new services to meet new customer demands,” said Yasser Elkady, Cisco country manager for Egypt.

The Noor infrastructure also includes Cisco’s PIX firewall and intrusion detection systems to ensure security of customer data, as well as Cisco cache engines to improve performance.

Commented Nidal Abou-Ltaif, NCR’s area director for Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, “The Internet economy is what has given the US its biggest-ever sustained economic boom: it has created untold prosperity, employment and opportunity. The same can happen in the Middle East if we seize the opportunity. NCR is deploying the backbone of what will become one of the biggest Internet infrastructures in the region. NCR is proud to be part of this project, having committed a dedicated professional service team to contribute to this bold initiative that may change the lives of millions of people in the region.”

Apart from network connectivity, Noor is currently providing content services through two data centres, one located in Cairo, and one in Washington DC. This will allow content providers, Application Service Providers (ASPs) and e-commerce companies to leverage Noor’s infrastructure to provide Egyptian business and consumers with a host of new services extremely cost-effectively.

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