AIO and 3Com to supply Egypt's schools with switches and modems

3Com has inked a $10million deal with an Egyptian computer manufacturer and supplier to provide switches and modems to the country’s 7,700 primary schools.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  November 14, 2002

3Com has inked a $10million deal with an Egyptian computer manufacturer and supplier to provide switches and modems to the country’s 7,700 primary schools.

Arab International Optronics Company (AIO) will carry out the work to put in the networked labs using 3Com SuperStack 4226T switches and OfficeConnect LAN modems to connect each school to the Internet via a single line.

The schools connectivity project is part of the Egyptian Ministry of Education’s Development of Electronic Learning programme, which seeks to make the youth of the country as IT literate as possible.

Major General Nabil Amer, chairman of AIO said that because of the limited resources available to schools and the lack of network management skills it was important to provide a solution that was easy to manage and robust. He explained that AIO chose 3Com because it has a reputation for reliability, performance and was easy to use.

The other facet of the system is that it allows the Ministry of Education to do a lot of the network management and trouble shooting remotely making the system cost effective. It will also save teaching staff time and make the Ministry’s job of keeping the system up and running more efficient.

“With the help of 3Com and AIO, the Ministry of Education is providing students with access to technologies and applications that measure up to the most up to date commercial networks,” said Ahmed Hafez, sales manager, 3Com Egypt.

“At the same time, we are providing the Ministry with a cost-effective, feature-rich solution that comes with a life-time guarantee and that can be easily upgraded according to their future needs,” he concluded.

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