Fort Telecom homes in on web and satellite services

The main product on display at the Fort Telecom stand is its Web Alive solution, described as enabling any client to manage anything related to the internet.

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By  Gitex Staff Writer Published  September 25, 2005

United Arab Emirates-based Fort Info Technology (Fort Telecom) is looking to showcase its latest Thuraya mobile satellite service offerings at this week’s Gitex. In addition, the firm is also pushing its Web Alive product, an e-commerce solution targeted at the region’s small and medium size businesses (SMBs). Fort Telecom is a subsidiary of Fort Group, which commenced activities in Dubai in 1995, trading under the name Hossain Ahmadian Trading Co. The company enjoyed enormous success in the field of home appliances and electronic items, and later moved into the import and export of different products aimed primarily at the telecoms equipment sector. The company further diversified into the offer of web-based solutions aimed at SMBs in the Middle East region and has been offering its Web Alive package since last year. “We have coverage in both the main halls of Gitex and at Gitex Computer Shopper and we have interactive presentations on our stand,” says Serah Al-Areeny, regional manager for Fort Telecom. “We also have computer terminals available, where visitors can trial the solutions themselves,” he adds. The main product on display at the Fort Telecom stand is its Web Alive solution, which Al-Areeny describes as enabling any client to manage anything related to the internet. “So clients can manage their whole online presence, starting from registering their domain and web-hosting, as well as having an intranet/extranet solution with controlling privileges,” he adds. Web Alive also contains a content management system, and Fort Telecom is keen to describe all these advantages to Gitex delegates this week. “We are running a challenge on our stand for visitors to build their own websites in 10 minutes, because all you need is to have your data and pictures available,” says Al-Areeny. Fort Telecom is also an international service provider for Thuraya, the mobile satellite services provider, and it is displaying the latest range of Thuraya handsets at Gitex. “One of the main products we will be showcasing is DSL over Thuraya, which offers broadband internet speeds throughout the Thuraya coverage area,” says Anne Baxter, business development manager at Fort Telecom. Thuraya’s handheld telephones offer users the ability to stay connected anywhere throughout Europe, north and central Africa and large parts of southern Africa, the Middle east, as well as central and south east Asia. The handheld devices integrate satellite, global system for mobile communication (GSM) and global positioning systems (GPS) and offer a wide range of services including voice, data, fax, short messaging and location determination.

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