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First public telepresence suite set for Kuwait Sheraton

Cisco, FASTtelco, Tata and Sheraton to create Gulf's first public access telepresence suite

Telepresence suites offer a cheaper and more efficient alternative to attendees traveling to global meetings.
Telepresence suites offer a cheaper and more efficient alternative to attendees traveling to global meetings.

MANAMA, Bahrain: FASTtelco has announced the launch of the first public telepresence room running on Cisco technology in the Middle East.

The telepresence suite will be hosted at Kuwait's Sheraton Hotel, to provide businesses and individuals access to telepresence communications without the need to set up their own facilities.

The suite will be available on a daily or hourly basis, with rates ranging from around $600 to $800 per room. Cisco says that with up to 6 participants on either side of a call, and calls possible to multiple telepresence centres worldwide, the service offers a cheaper, and more efficient alternative to attendees traveling to global meetings.

"In today's climate, individuals in Kuwait are looking to better ways to conduct business efficiently in order to keep a firm control on costs. FASTtelco is in the unique position of being the only company in Kuwait at present that has the infrastructure to offer Cisco TelePresence as a cost effective solution. The public Cisco TelePresence room will offer a state-of-the-art technology solution and service to demonstrate that FASTtelco is leading the way in the telecommunications services business in Kuwait," said Omar Kaaki, general manager of FASTtelco.

The Cisco TelePresence System 3010 will be installed at the Sheraton Kuwait, with a connectivity provided via a dedicated MPLS line, supplied by Tata Communications. Tata, which has a preferred partner agreement with Starwood Hotels, operator of the Sheraton, will also provide an online concierge service, whereby users can arrange meetings and book telepresence facilities in their required cities through a one-stop portal. At present, Tata's exchange can connect 24 public telepresence facilities worldwide, expanding to a planned network of 40 facilities by the end of 2010.

Hani El-Kukhun, general manager, Cisco for Kuwait commented: "Our collaboration with FASTtelco, Sheraton and Tata Communications to launch the first public TelePresence solution in Kuwait marks yet another major landmark for Cisco in Kuwait and the Gulf region. We look forward to working with them to roll out this solution and in many more locations throughout Kuwait and the Middle East."

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