3Com gifts networking gear to Lebanon

US vendor donates gear worth US$500,000 to Lebanese Ministry of Education.

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By  Michele Howe Published  August 14, 2007

US firm 3Com has donated US$500,000 worth of networking equipment to the Ministry of Education in Lebanon as part of an ongoing effort to help rebuild the education sector in the war-torn country.

The gift, the largest made by the networking vendor in the region, will be used by the Ministry to unify the communications system in its new headquarters.

Switches from 3Com will be used to build a converged network in the building with the vendor's Switch 7700 family used at the core and Ethernet switches deployed at the edge.

Previously, the Ministry had several offices with interlinked communications. The new system, a unified communications system in one building, will make it easier for the various schools to communicate.

"Lebanon as a country is quite devastated after the war. It has always been known as a leader in education in the Middle East [but] now it's not getting the same status any more," Hamed Diab, general manager of 3Com Middle East, commented.

"Connectivity is important to help the Ministry speed up the transfer of information and get the quality [of service] it is looking for," he added.

The project with the Ministry of Education is one of a series of initiatives 3Com is doing with the education sector in Lebanon.

The vendor also plans to introduce training programs to increase networking skills in the country, and is working on collaborations with the private sector.

3Com's work in Lebanon is part of the Partnership for Lebanon effort, which is led by, among other companies, IT giants Cisco, Intel and Microsoft. The scheme works through public and private partnerships to achieve a range of goals including expanding workforce training, and building up technology infrastructure.

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