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Cisco to provide network for King Abdullah Economic City

King Abdullah Economic City development looking to become Smart City with Cisco solutions and services

Cisco has been selected as the network infrastructure provider for the proposed King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Saudi Arabia.

The networking giant will provide infrastructure, services and consultancy as part of its Connected Real Estate initiatives.

KAEC, a 168 million square metre development on Saudi's Red Sea coast, has been established to stimulate economic growth in the Kingdom. The development includes business, residential and industrial elements, along with a sea port.

Fahd Al-Rasheed, chief executive officer, Emaar.E.C the developer of KAEC commented: "A reliable networking provider that can meet the diverse needs across its various sectors is critical in the success of KAEC as a Smart City development. As the world's first Smart City, KAEC's superior information and communications technology platform will give it a crucial competitive advantage and deliver modern lifestyles. The design of this network will complement our efforts to ensure next generation connectivity services throughout KAEC. Cisco's proven competence in networking makes it our partner of choice."

Wim Elfrink, executive vice president and chief globalisation officer for Cisco said: "The sheer size and varied infrastructure needs of King Abdullah Economic City make networking a challenge as well as an opportunity to highlight Cisco's capabilities. Cisco, through years of experience and continuous research, today, has the unmatched ability to offer networking solutions for large-scale projects, cities and countries. Our solutions are well aligned with KAEC's projected vision of creating an Intelligent city."

The deal was finalized during the recent visit of Cisco CEO John Chambers to the region.

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