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TECOM deploys WLAN with Aruba

Freezone operator embarks on infrastructure tune-up for ‘improved connectivity, mobility, security’

Sabah: [The solution allowed] access points to be placed wherever they are needed.
Sabah: [The solution allowed] access points to be placed wherever they are needed.

Dubai-based business park operator TECOM Investments, has implemented wireless network infrastructure using Aruba Wireless Access Points (APs) and Mobility Controllers, the network specialist announced today.

According to Aruba, TECOM Investments previously used four separate wireless networks to provide wireless local area network (WLAN) services to TECOM employees across the company's office locations. With over 1,000 employees and the growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement, TECOM Investments' IT department had begun to see "an exponential growth in the number of PCs, tablets and smartphones" connecting to its network, Aruba said in a statement.

After enduring "a strain on the existing wireless infrastructure, resulting in slower connectivity, and additional man hours to maintain the network" TECOM decided to consolidate its infrastructure and enlisted Aruba to help.

"Aruba's Secure Enterprise Mesh solution provides a flexible, wire-free design, allowing access points to be placed wherever they are needed whether it be indoors or outdoors," said Mohamed Sabah, CIO at TECOM Investments. "[The system] performs authentication, access control and encryption for users and devices, delivering state-of-the-art wireless security."

TECOM worked with EMITAC, Aruba's Silver-level value-added reseller (VAR) in the UAE. The implementation took place in two phases. Phase 1 saw the deployment of two Aruba 3600 mobility controllers and 64 Aruba AP-93 dual-band, single-radio wireless access points at Dubai Studio City. Phase 2 involved the deployment of another two Aruba 3600 Mobility Controllers, 60 Aruba AP-93 dual-band, single-radio access points and 6 Aruba AP-105 dual-band, dual-radio access points at TECOM's DIC4 DC location. The implementation, including structured cabling work, took two months.

"TECOM Investments is the perfect example of a forward-thinking organisation that is adapting to its increasingly #GenMobile workforce and bringing its wireless network capabilities up to world-class standards," said Zeeshan Hadi, territory manager, Dubai and Northern Emirates, Aruba Networks. "The initiative is in line with the UAE government's smart city vision. Wireless technologies will be a key enabler of the ICT transformation within the country."