By Michelle Sturman
NCR will deploy Cisco high-speed switches in the network backbone of an ambitious project to boost the performance of Web access in Egypt.
Egypt’s Noor Advanced Technologies will provide an alternative to current ISP models for high-speed Internet access, through a deal with Cisco and NCR, valued at a massive US$100 million.The project, the first phases of which will be rolled out by the end of the year, will make Noor one of the region’s biggest Internet and communications services providers.The communications network, based on Cisco’s multiservice IP+ATM technology, will give both residential and business customers access at 60 nodes around the country, with multiple tens of megabits-per-second data links to the rest of the global Internet, and hundreds of megabits-per-second of bandwidth available for broadband access within Egypt.“[Egypt] will be the centre of Internet technology for the region. The network that Noor has created with the help of Cisco and NCR, will give Egyptian businesses the technology platform they need to take the lead in the digital economy,” said Basel Dalloul, chairman and CEO of Noor Advanced Technologies.Noor says it will provide users with a variety of communications services, including narrow- and broadband Internet access, portal services, public ATM, and IP services, public Frame Relay services and VPN services.“This network is based on some of the most advanced networking technology yet seen in the region. It uses the latest Cisco MGX and BPX multiservice IP+ATM carrier-class switches. Because the network infrastructure supports voice, video, and data, Noor can easily create new services to meet new demands,” says Yasser Elkady, Cisco country manager for Egypt.NCR, a Cisco Gold Partner for the region, will do the implementation work for the Noor network backbone. NCR area director Nidal Abou-Ltaif calls the project the biggest Internet infrastructure in the region.