Education City gets high-speed link to US campuses
Doha, June 20, 2010
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) has unveiled an advanced Ethernet project that will connect Qatar to a world of new educational opportunities.
Developed by industry leaders Qatar Telecom (Qtel) and Reliance Globalcom, the Ethernet project has been designed to connect Qatar’s Education City, which hosts branch campuses of a number of prestigious international institutions, with their home campuses in the USA via high-speed Broadband connectivity.
By deploying the Ethernet connection, academics and researchers will be able to exchange data and new findings via voice, video and data applications, said a statement.
To mark the initiation of the project, a special ceremony was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, attended by executives from Qatar Foundation, Qtel and Reliance Globalcom.
As a result of this project, various QF entities will be able to work together seamlessly and securely, exchanging information instantly, with the increased focus serving to push Qatar forward on the world stage as a hub for original scientific, social and commercial research, it said.
The new Global Ethernet solution replaces the existing legacy connections, and is the first of its kind to be instituted in Qatar and the whole Middle East region, it said.
Khalid Al-Sulaiteen, executive director of operations at QF, said: “In our mission to develop Qatar as a knowledge-based society, we have prioritised the importance of forging links and building bridges with international institutions. Our investment in this cutting-edge solution demonstrates our commitment to furthering these relationships, and ensures that students and researchers can share knowledge around the world.”
Through their partnership, Qtel will provide dedicated access in Qatar and support for the end-to-end solution, while Reliance Globalcom will provide ethernet over MPLS connectivity outside of Qatar and through to the United States.
Started in March 2009, the solution is now fully live, and already adding to the academic experience of the high potential students of Education City. –TradeArabia News Service