Wamad to enable internet access for Saudi students

Wamad has officially launched Media 2020, its scheme which uses remote management technology to put advertisements on PC users’ screens in return for free internet access, and announced that a Saudi Arabian ministry will be one of its first advertisers.

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By  Daniel Stanton Published  November 29, 2006

Wamad has officially launched Media 2020, its scheme which uses remote management technology to put advertisements on PC users’ screens in return for free internet access. Media 2020 was launched at GITEX, and Moses Kuria, chief operating officer, Wamad, announced that Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education would be one of the company's first advertisers. The ministry will use the company to provide internet access to 400,000 students as part of a pilot project before deciding whether to extend it. Kuria also responded to suggestions by security vendors that allowing a home PC to be centrally administered by Media 2020 might create security risks. "We are willing to call their bluff and let them try to crack the system," he said. He did not rule out the possibility of partnering with one of the security vendors on the project, saying that there would be no compatibility problems for most users. "The most popular anti-virus system for most users is no system," Kuria said. "It would be an upgrade, not a switch." In a separate announcement, Wamad is to provide software to remotely manage PCs, notebooks, PDAs and other devices for eHosting DataFort (eHDF), the managed hosting, technology and IT security services company. eHDF will use MATRIX42's Empirium products to manage new software releases, test and launch new patches, and manage the inventory of hardware, software, licences and operating systems. Empirium will allow eHDF to remotely control any user device, including the ability to restore user workstations automatically after hardware or operating system failure as a result of user settings and personal configurations. This should result in a shorter resolution time for any user problems for the company's helpdesk. "This partnership with Wamad enables us to expand our customer base within the UAE and in the entire Middle East and Africa region," said Saeed Al Barwani, CEO of eHDF. "Our service offering for existing customers will be greatly enhanced with this partnership. “Not only can we ensure efficient server management and security, we are now in a position to efficiently reach to every other client in our customer organisations, thus delivering cost savings and return on investment to our customers."

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