Emirates Computers helps HCT get back to school

Emirates Computers has completed a fibre optic LAN project for the UAE Higher Colleges of Technology in record time, to be ready for the new academic year

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 11, 2001

Emirates Computers has completed work on a new fibre optic network for the Sharjah Women’s College. The network, which will serve over 140 staff and student users, was completed in record time ahead of the start of the new academic year. Emirates staff of twenty engineers and technicians completed the project in just three weeks, to be ready in time for the new college term.

The network will link 1600 points across four buildings on the Sharjah campus. through use of fibre optic cabling and active Cisco 006 Catalyst products, the system will be able to provide up to 250MHz in bandwidth, which will enable the college to deploy solutions such as video conferencing and multimedia information applications.

The fibre optic cable also ensures that the network will be suitable for future high bandwidth applications. The network also has a large number of patch panels built into the network between hub and periphery, to allow for greater flexibility. These combinations have allowed Emirates Computers to provide a twenty year warranty for the network.

“Emirates Computers has done a wonderful job to complete the network cabling of all the buildings before the reopening of the college. The real challenge was the shortage of time and only a company like Emirates Computers could have done work of such high quality in the limited time,” said Dr Farid Ohan, director of Sharjah Women’s College.

“This cabling has enabled us to accommodate all our new students so that they have access to the network. It also facilitates our teaching programs because the classrooms can be used as computer labs as well.”

The LAN is part of an ongoing project with the UAE Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), that operates the Sharjah Women’s College. So far Emirates Computers has provided networking solutions to most of the HCT in the UAE. “Emirates Computers is proud of its long and rewarding association with HCT, which has always been a far sighted and discerning institution in adapting cutting edge technology and robust IT solutions. We are delighted that we have provided the LAN for most of the branches of HCT in the UAE,” said Haytham Kamel, vice president and general manager, Dubai and Northern Emirates at Emirates Computers.

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