OGERO and Cisco link in Lebanon

OGERO is to link its offices with the use of Cisco Systems technology to improve the responsiveness and efficiency of intranet solutions

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By  Charlotte McDonald Published  March 18, 2001

OGERO Telecommunications will be connecting its telecommunication centres in Lebanon with a Cisco Systems-powered network. The project is part of a larger plan to create a high-speed and secure intranet that will allow OGERO’s offices to exchange information quickly and effectively, whilst reducing administrative costs.

The project aims to speed up data collection activities previously run through a slower wide area network (WAN) that did not link all the offices.

“Critical to the effective operation of a large organisation is rapid and effective communication of information,” said Dr. M. Jamil Chawki, president and CEO of OGERO Telecom. “We are working with Cisco Systems on a multi-phase program to create a network infrastructure that is flexible, scalable and robust, allowing new services such as intelligent network-aware applications to be rolled out,” he added.

The roll-out of the project will be done in conjunction with BMB, a Cisco Premier Partner in Lebanon.

“Organisations everywhere are seeing the advantages of moving towards smarter, networked information systems, both to improve their performance, and to reduce delays and paperwork,” commented Mohamad Abdul-Malak, Levant regional manager for Cisco Systems Middle East. “Cisco’s Internetworking technology satisfies OGERO’s immediate wide area networking needs, and gives it a platform to deploy sophisticated New World services, such as converged voice and data services,” he added.

Simon Samia, director of BMB, added that a comprehensive and secure networking infrastructure is the fundamental basis of today’s ‘e-based’ initiatives. “The Cisco networking systems that we have helped to implement for OGERO will allow it to fundamentally change the way it operates,” he said. “The information it needs to respond quickly to customer and market demands is now right at hand, solving many of today’s problems, and potentially providing many additional services in the future.”

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