Saudi's Ministry of Education embarks on networking drive

The Ministry of Education begins Dhs5 million networking project with SMC Networks to connect 18,000 student machines.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  December 9, 2002

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education is embarking on a Dhs5 million networking project with SMC Networks to connect 18,000 student machines.

The deal, which will be carried out by SMC’s local partner, Al Alamiah, includes the deployment of 16 and 24 port fibre switches in the ministry’s computer labs located throughout the Kingdom.

According to the Ministry of Education’s project manager, Salih Al Uwaishiq, SMC and Al Alamiah solution fitted the project’s technical and cost requirements.

“It was very easy for us to decide in favour of SMC [because] it had the best price compared to others. SMC as a product was not new to[the Ministry of Education] as we have been using it for the past three years and we never faced any faults,” comments Al Uwaishiq.

“We are currently looking towards broadband and the equipment we have fitted will easily accept this without modification. We are also currently in discussion with SMC about extending our network capabilities throughout the school via wireless technology. SMC has promised us their full support for all future projects,” adds Al Uwaishiq.

Jamshed Mehdi, managing director of SMC Networks Middle East, adds, “schools today are being placed under increasing pressure to provide students with advanced solutions, including extensive internet access, which is why [the Ministry of Education] turned to SMC Networks. [The Ministry’s] school labs are located all over the Kingdom,” he adds.

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