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Qatar to build state-of-the-art internet centre

An internet data centre (IDC) will be built in Doha at a cost of QR15m, Qatar Telecom has announced. The centre will provide high-speed internet services for corporate users.

An internet data centre (IDC) will be built in Doha at a cost of QR15m, Qatar Telecom has announced. The centre will provide high-speed internet services for corporate users.

The facility, being developed in partnership with NavLink, is expected to be completed by mid-2004, says Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Saud Al Thani, the Qatar Telecom's chairman.

The function of an IDC is to provide reliable and secure high-bandwidth internet connectivity to users, in addition to the features of a traditional data centre, such as appropriate physical environment to ensure proper functioning of computer systems.

Such features include stable and uninterrupted power supply, the right temperature and humidity conditions for equipment, physical security and round the clock surveillance. Such a centre usually helps large and medium business firms and other establishments to avoid huge costs in developing their own such facility.

Applications hosted and managed in an IDC are usually eBusiness, eCommerce, eGovernment, applications for Business-to-Business, Business-to-Consumer and Government-to-Citizen interactions and transactions, including electronic banking, online travel services, media, websites that need continual upgrades through the day, among others.

NavLink is the authorised agent for AT&T's voice and data communication services for businesses, consumers and governments. The company, in collaboration with Qtel, will be able to offer through the IDC project, AT&T network services that cover over 800 cities in 60 countries, said Laurent Delifer, president and chief operating officer at NavLink.

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