Vodafone invests in network infrastructure

Vodafone Egypt is upgrading its corporate communications infrastructure to help support its business growth. The company is sticking with existing network supplier 3Com, using its eXpandable Resiliant Networking (XRN) technology and Gigabit Ethernet switches.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  April 21, 2003

Vodafone Egypt is upgrading its corporate communications infrastructure to help support its business growth. The company is sticking with existing network supplier 3Com, using its eXpandable Resiliant Networking (XRN) technology and Gigabit Ethernet switches.

Since it began operations in Egypt in 1998, Vodafone has amassed more than two million customers, an impressive performance considering mobile phone penetration is still fairy low in the country, with just 6% of people owning a mobile. Providing timely and accurate billing and other customer information was proving a switch for its existing network infrastructure.

“The 3Com solution guarantees we’ll have the resilient, powerful and cost effective infrastructure we need to meet the escalating demands of a fast-growing organisation in a highly competitive environment,” said Mohamed Refaat, senior data network engineer at Vodafone Egypt. “It will improve operational efficiency and productivity while making life easier for both the IT team and our direct customers – the company’s 1,900 staff.”

Vodafone Egypt currently employs 1,000 staff at its head office in Cairo with the rest of its staff located in seven major sites and 14 consumer outlets. The company is also planning to build additional head office facilities in 6th October City, the new Cairo development.

Despite being the incumbent, 3Com was still made to bid for the contract in a competitive tender with a number of well-known networking vendors, according to Vodafone Egypt. “We’ve been satisfied 3Com customers since our company was launched in 1998. However, when it came to upgrading the network, it made good business sense to investigate solutions from other leading industry names as well,” said Refaat.

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