Hi-Net offers firewall routers and local satcom services

Lebanese-based satellite comms company displays its latest products and services

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By  Laura Barnes Published  September 26, 2005

Lebanese satellite telecommunications services company, Hi-net is eager to show its latest products as it makes its debut appearance at Gitex. The company is capitalising on the show as a chance to meet both its existing customer base and also new potential customers as well. “Gitex is a must for all IT companies that want to make a mark in the region, no matter what sector they deal in,” says Roger Harfouche, Hi-Net’s account manager. Hi-net has a growing number of clients across the region, in both its home market of Lebanon and elsewhere. “We are seeing a lot of business in Iran and Iraq, as these are countries that need to develop their satellite communications,” comments Harfouche. The company is also looking to build up its business in the Gulf. It already has a distribution facility in the Jebel Ali free zone, and it also has long term plans to open a sales office in Dubai. In the meantime, it is spending Gitex week showcasing its products to members of the Middle East and international IT community. The highlight of Hi-net’s stand is the HotBrick Firewall Router VPN800/2. This is an internet security system that increases both speed and security over a wireless network. “Wireless internet connections are not always safe, but with this Firewall Router from HotBrick, an American-based company, safety is increased as the data you access is encrypted,” says Harfouche. The Firewall’s dual WAN ports allow users to connect to two separate broadband connections, like DSL, cable or T1, or use one as a back-up with an ISP failover. The VPN800/2 is also a VPN Gateway with up to 50 Ipsec tunnels, and in the event that a VPN tunnel fails, the VPN800/2 will automatically failover and re-establish a tunnel via the second WAN port connection. “This product is easy to use and it can be used from a home/small office user up to bigger companies with 500 staff,” says Harfouch. “It presents real value for money.” Also on display from the HotBrick range is the Gigabrick 2600 Layer 2 Managed Switch, which has two gigabit ports, as well as VLAN, quality of service and port mirroring tools. “This type of technology is ideal for all business sizes, but we are mainly targeting areas where communications infrastructure is quite poor, as that enables us to not only provide internet security but the complete package,” adds Harfouche.

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