U.S. Robotics cuts students loose

U.S. Robotics will host a series of Wireless Internet and Mobile Applications seminars at Sharjah College, UAE. The school is preparing for its first WIMA exhibition on April 16th.

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By  Justin Etheridge Published  April 14, 2003

U.S. Robotics has inaugurated a series of Wireless Internet and Mobile Applications (WIMA) seminars at Sharjah College, UAE, as the school builds towards its 1st WIMA exhibition on April 16th.

Yusuf Syed, regional manager of U.S. Robotics, demonstrated the company’s wireless suite of products by creating a live wireless network in front of 4th year computer science and engineering students.

Engineers from Al Rostamani Communications, U.S. Robotics’ UAE partner, were also on hand to answer the students’ more technical questions.

Dr. Nader Nada, associate professor of computer science, explained: “We want our students to be exposed to the next generation of information technologies, which is why we are running these seminars and have planned a WIMA exhibition. We have a senior project group working on several WIMA applications, and we want them to be able to interact with vendors, such as U.S. Robotics.”

U.S. Robotics claim to have some 42% market share in the world’s desktop modems market, and are clearly seeking wider recognition among students and home users here in the Middle East.

It seems the students were impressed with the ease of installation: “I know U.S. Robotics because I use their modems at home,” said Iman Khalid, a 4th year student in computer engineering.

“And since I have several PCs, I would like to use one of these routers to setup a home network. Wireless networks are quick to install and they are hassle free.”

U.S. Robotics was one of the first manufacturers in the world to introduce 22 mbps wireless networking and recently announced free online upgrades to 44 mbps. It plans to release examples of 54 mbps technology at the end of summer, 2003.

“This interactive seminar was actually an source of information for us as much as it was for the students,” said Syed. “It gave us the opportunity to understand how they view technology, and how they use our products.”

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