Jazz fans go wireless

Visitors to the three-day Dubai International Jazz Festival were able to surf the internet, chat and e-mail using the latest wireless internet technology.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  January 25, 2004

Visitors to the three-day Dubai International Jazz Festival were able to surf the internet, chat and e-mail using the latest wireless internet technology. Set up by Venture Technologies Middle East (VTME), IBM, Intel and Mobilities, a wireless local area network (WLAN) utilising Single Digits technology created a 200-square metre hotspot at the Dubai Media City venue. In addition, a special unwired hospitality tent allowed visitors to try out 10 wireless-enabled Thinkpad notebook computers to use the hotspot for chat, e-mail and internet browsing. Festival-goers were encouraged to send a specially designed Jazz e-postcard to friends and family. “The Dubai International Jazz Festival is the ideal location for music lovers to relax while they listen to great music, played by some of the world’s leading musicians,” says Ned Jaroudi, Intel’s Regional Enterprise Manager for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. “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,” he adds. A number of similar WLAN solutions have now been deployed in the Middle East. Hotels across the region have invested in the technology as a value-added service for guests. And VTME has set up permanent hotspots in several Dubai cafes.

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