Cisco showcases the benefits of offering virtual networking

Cisco is showcasing its data centric infrastructure on its stand this year, and also has space occupied by networking product manufacturer Linksys, which has been unveiling new products and looking for new partners at this year’s Gitex.

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  September 26, 2005

Networking company Cisco Systems has announced a long-term partnership with Qtel (Qatar Telecom) that it believes underpins its vision of virtualising the network. The two companies are set to formulate an integrated IP strategy in support of building the Qatar’s e-infrastructure at gigabit speed. Cisco and Qtel signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at leveraging greater co-operation towards realising Qtel’s strategy of implementing a countrywide broadband infrastructure. “Chief investment officers are looking more and more at driving efficiencies,” says Mark De Simone, vice president, Middle East and Africa for Cisco Systems. “What is becoming more important is the ability to map dynamically the bits and bytes being sent over a network and tailor applications as a result.” Cisco is showcasing its data centric infrastructure on its stand this year, and also has space occupied by networking product manufacturer Linksys, which has been unveiling new products and looking for new partners at this year’s Gitex. Linksys is focusing specifically on demonstrating high-speed wireless hardware, security solutions and voice over IP technology. “I am very bullish regarding ICT developments in this region,” says De Simone. “I don’t feel uncomfortable with the pace of development because unlike the dotcom crash, which happened because there was no new economic build-out, economies here are sky-rocketing, populations are growing,” he adds. De Simone identifies the acceleration of telecoms liberalisation, increasing demand for bandwidth from end-users, regulatory developments and an increase in the flow of venture capital money to continue driving the ICT sector in the Middle East region forward. “What we have at play here are not just technological forces,” De Simone says. “Technologies in this region are actually leapfrogging Western markets because there is growth across the entire economy.” The agreement with Qtel allows the Qatar incumbent to adopt a state-of-the-art converged IP infrastructure and directly support the telecoms needs of Qtel’s major clients and partners in the development of ‘Broadband Qatar.’ The partnership base relies on a managed IP services strategy that would push Qtel to become among the region’s leading service providers. The MoU will result in a high-level cooperation between each company’s consultants and technical teams. This will streamline Qtel processes, accelerate delivery of services as well as shorten cycles of engagement. The result will be a faster time to market of relevant services in support of a fast growing economy. “We are seeing a greater buy-in to our vision across industries,” says De Simone. “The drive is not to be overly concerned with technologies but with the services that can be facilitated and made available,” he adds.

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