Hewlett-Packard and EgyNet to open Egypt e-services data centre

US-headquartered computer and communication giant Hewlett-Packard will open a 10.000 square foot data centre in Egypt in a partnership with the Egyptian Network Company (NTC/EgyNet).

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By  Mike Bayman Published  March 23, 2001

US-headquartered computer and communication giant Hewlett-Packard will open a 10.000 square foot data centre in Egypt in a partnership with the Egyptian Network Company (NTC/EgyNet). Slated to open before the end of April, the data centre will offer e-services such as Internet hosting, managed services and leased end-to-end integrated application services both to the Egyptian market and to markets in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

When the joint venture was announced at the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MCIT) in late January, HP representatives said “Egypt has a huge potential, this is the first step in a long journey to strengthen infrastructure in Egypt.” HP also said this is the first partnership of kind in the region, although similar initiatives have been announced in other parts of the world.

HP will supply products and services worth US $25 million for deployment of the data centre. The companies said the project could be worth in excess of $150 million within three years. To deliver services to business customers “around the world,” NTC/EgyNet will “leverage HP’s full portfolio of Unix and Windows NT system servers, storage products, software and consulting and support services,” the companies said.

“We are very excited to have the tremendous strength and backing of HP to support NTC/EgyNet as we complete the deployment of our broadband network optimised for e-commerce, Web-hosting and advanced Internet, data and IP applications,” said Dr. Tawfik Bardai, NTC/EgyNet’s chairman and CEO.

“The decision to form a strategic alliance with NTC/EgyNet was an easy one to make because it has a great business model and we believe in its management team. While this new alliance is great news for HP and NTC/EgyNet, our customers are the ones that will really benefit through faster and more efficient access to new and innovative services based on an HP foundation,” said Constantin Salameh, HP VP and managing director of HP Financing Services.

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