Cisco to connect The Pearl-Qatar

Cisco signs with United Development Company to provide network infrastructure for The Pearl-Qatar real estate project

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By  Mark Sutton Published  April 23, 2008

Cisco has been selected by the United Development Co (UDC) of Qatar to provide the infrastructure for its The Pearl-Qatar real estate project.

Under the deal, Cisco will provide solutions to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure for The Pearl-Qatar's planned 15,000 homes, to carry services such as wired and wireless home networking and IPTV. The project will also include the Cisco Connected Real Estate platform, which will enable integration of voice, data and video on the same network.

Eric Lebrun, executive vice president of assets management at The Pearl-Qatar, said: "We are building one of the world's smartest developments that will redefine smart living on a global level. We have chosen to work with Cisco as we are confident that our strategic collaboration will enable not just end-to-end connectivity, but also create world-class experiences through changing the way that people interact with content, services and each other, in a highly secure way."

Deployment of the project will be carried out by Mannai Corporation, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner.

Sam Alkharrat, managing director of Cisco Gulf and Pakistan, said: "Today's announcement is a major step forward in accelerating the adoption of technology solutions by harnessing two of Cisco's major capabilities: networking and Connected Real Estate solutions. This project will attract residents from across the globe and spark additional foreign investments while greatly benefiting the operators, owners and tenants of the island."

The QR55 billion ($15 billion) island project will house more than 41,000 resident, and is due for completion by 2011.

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