ZTE nears Egyptian remote education deal

Chinese telecoms equipment vendor, ZTE, says it is close to landing an extension of its contract to support Egypt’s remote education project.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  March 7, 2004

Chinese telecoms equipment vendor, ZTE, says it is close to landing an extension of its contract to support Egypt’s remote education project. The US$30 million order pertains to the second phase of the Ministry of Education’s initiative, which is partially backed by loans and grants and was launched in May last year. The vendor recently completed the first stage of the project and the Ministry has decided to press on with subsequent phases, according to a ZTE spokesperson. The remote education project provides nationwide short training programmes on specific subjects and video conferencing services to around 4,000 teachers in Egypt. The system comprises a backbone network, eight multi-point control units (MCUs) and 33 terminals. Six of the terminals are located in Education City in Cairo, while the remaining 27 are scattered nationwide with one terminal in each province. Each terminal is equipped with video, audio, control and white board devices, which enable interaction via voice, image, and video. They can be used to give or receive lectures, while the system is based on E1 and DDN links.

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