DIC awards infrastructure contracts
The initial winners in the fierce bidding war that has surrounded Dubai Internet City since it’s inception in late October 1999 have been named.
The initial winners in the fierce bidding war that has surrounded Dubai Internet City since it’s inception in late October 1999 have been named. Siemens Business Services (SBS), in conjunction with Cisco and Sun Microsystems have won the contract to implement the city’s data centre, voice and data network, Internet connectivity and ISP (Internet service provider) infrastructure and billing solutions. “These are the first major contracts to be awarded by Dubai Internet City and we are confident that they will be able to provide us with a world class technical infrastructure,” said Mohammed Al Gergawi, director general, Technology, E-commerce and Media Free Zone. “The three companies will provide the information and communications infrastructure for the city. The contract requires them to design, build and operate state of the art systems in four key areas. They include the data centre, telecommunications and network infrastructure, Internet connectivity and ISP infrastructure and billing solutions.”
The three companies will work together with the DIC authority to establish the infrastructure that many feel is vital to the success of the city. Siemen’s will provide telecommunications expertise – it has worked in the past with Etisalat and Kuwait’s Watanyia Telecom – with a dedicated team that is already working on the project. “We regard this opportunity as exciting and challenging and are extremely pleased that DIC has demonstrated its confidence in our ability to deliver a technical infrastructure that will be unequalled anywhere in the world,” said Joachim Kundt, managing director of Siemens UAE.
Siemens director of sales for IT in the UAE, Mohammed Rizvi, promised deployment of the infrastructure for phase one and two in time for the opening of the DIC. “The entire structure will be designed, installed and tested and ready for use by the launch date of Dubai Internet City. A dedicated team is already working closely with DIC and will continue to do so during this process,” he said.
‘New World’ networking solutions, that combine data and voice communications on one network, will be provided by Cisco Systems, who already facilitate a number of public and private networking projects in the Middle East, including www.sheikhmohammed.co.ae, the UAE Ministry of Health and the Arab Bank. Sun Microsystems is supplying the hardware platform and software applications, which will include the iPlanet suite of enterprise server applications, to the initiative.