Hotspot jazz

Vendors get together to bring wireless technology to jazz fans at the Dubai International Jazz Festival, giving visitors access to free music, e-mail and internet via a hotspot.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  January 22, 2004

Intel has joined hands with IBM and other vendors to offer visitors at the Dubai Jazz Festival unwired access to the web to obtain immediate information about the various performers, download sample music and send ‘Mobilities Jazz’ e-cards to family and friends worldwide. “The Dubai International Jazz festival is the ideal location for music lovers to relax while they listen to great music. We believe that this wireless network will make the experience even more enjoyable; it is an example of the brand new possibilities that mobile computing brings to people in all aspects of their life,” says Ned Jaroudi, Intel's regional enterprise manager for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Intel, IBM, VTME and Mobilites today announced that they have combined efforts at the 3-day Dubai International Jazz Festival to setup a special ‘unwired’ hospitality tent where 10 IBM ThinkPad T series notebooks based on the Intel Centrino mobile processors have been made available free of charge. Vistors could download music of their favourite jazz performers at the show. Jazz lovers could also send their family and friends ‘Mobilities Jazz’ e-cards that have been designed for the occasion. The wireless network was set up by Mobilities and VTME utilising the Intel Certified Hotspot solution Single Digits. The Hotspot covers a radius of 200 meters of open space, allowing users to access the internet, e-mail in the lake area of Dubai Media City.

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