Dar Al Wadi gets wired

The Real Estate Investment Company is installing a high-speed cabling infrastructure for its Dar Al Wadi project, a 35-floor commercial complex with shopping mall in Kuwait City. The implementation, running in parallel to the construction will provide tenants with high-speed internet, gigabit ethernet, wireless access and IP telephony.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  August 3, 2004

The Real Estate Investment Company is installing a high-speed cabling infrastructure for its Dar Al Wadi project, a 35-floor commercial complex with shopping mall in the Al Sharq area of Kuwait City. The implementation, running in parallel to the construction of the building, will provide tenants with advanced services such as high-speed internet connectivity, wireless access and IP telephony. “Once the project is complete, the Dar Al Wadi complex will be one of the most advanced office and commercial buildings throughout the country,” claims Jamal Al Sayyed of Real Estate Investment Company. Managed by Systimax’ Kuwaiti business partner, Gulf Systems, the project is currently in its planning stage, with the implementation of all the copper and fibre cabling planned to end by April 2005. The cabling spread across 5,000 points is based on the Giga Speed XL copper solution, which reduces downtime on desktop systems and supports bandwidth-intensive applications, while the Lazr Speed fibre offers 10 Gb/s transmissions at distances up to 300 meters and the Tera Speed solution, handles the enterprise backbone. Once completed, the technology backbone will support traditional services such as telephone lines, as well as advanced services such as IP Telephony and IP convergence including data and video, security, CCTV security and access controls that will be placed throughout the building. “Most office facilities in Kuwait require the tenants to install their own cabling systems, whereas Dar Al Wadi’s pre-installed copper cabling system will allow tenants the luxury of connecting to the network over a one Gb/s Ethernet connection by simply plugging in their equipment to the existing infrastructure,” explains Mohammed Azeem, managing director, Gulf Systems. Businesses renting office space at the Dar Al Wadi complex will benefit from ISDN class services such as caller-ID, DID (Direct Inward Dialling) and other telephony features offered by ISDN. The building is linked to the internet via a fibre optic cable to providing high-speed access to all the tenants. A fibre link between the building and Kuwait’s ministry of communications will connect the building to the information superhighway and allow tenants to connect to other locations using this same fibre optic cable. If a bank decided to open up a branch at the Dar Al Wadi office complex, for example, it will be able to connect to its headquarter offices through the fibre cable. The framework that will be put in place will give tenants the option to choose on a connection between their offices and Kuwait’s City of Exchange Tower or a direct connection with the building’s existing infrastructure. Gulf Systems will be installing a wireless network across the building, which will enable people to surf the internet from anywhere in the building complex. Additionally, tenants can use the Dar Al Wadi business centre for high-speed internet connection and video conferencing. The company has set plans to expand its services to other areas in the future, such as offering e-mail services and web hosting for its tenants. The infrastructure will also allow it to provide a payment gateway where tenants will be able to set up their own e-business portals that will be hosted and managed by the building.

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