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Avaya to Upgrade HCT's Abu Dhabi Men's College's Wireless Networkto New 802.11a Standard

06-25-2003
  • Upgrade to 54Mbs to enable faster wireless connectivity anywhereon campus

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of communicationsnetworks and services for businesses, has announced it will upgradethe wireless network at Abu Dhabi Men's College (ADMC) of theHigher Colleges of Technology (HCT), to the new 802.11a standard.This will give students faster, more convenient access to theinternet and extensive e-learning applications, deployed by thecollege over the last 12 months. The implementation will be managedby Avaya Authorised BusinessPartner,

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider ofcommunications networks and services for businesses, has announcedit will upgrade the wireless network at Abu Dhabi Men's College(ADMC) of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), to the new802.11a standard. This will give students faster, more convenientaccess to the internet and extensive e-learning applications,deployed by the college over the last 12 months. The implementationwill be managed by Avaya Authorised BusinessPartner,Omnix.

The initial phase of Avaya's Wireless solution, implemented overthree years ago, gave some 1,200 Abu Dhabi Men's College students'access to the Internet and other internal applications over awireless local area network (WLAN).

In the second phase upgrade, Avaya's AP-3 Wireless Access Pointswill be installed, as well as new 54 Mb cards to networkedcomputers, allowing the college to deliver 54mbs data transferrates. Avaya's Wireless solution also enables migration tonext-generation converged networks, without the need to replaceexisting infrastructure. A simple software upgrade will permit thesystem to be operational at the new transfer rate.

"ADMC was one of the earliest adopters of wireless technologyfor educational purposes in the region and this upgrade willprovide an increase in network speed to allow ADMC to offer morelearning flexibility to its students," said Dr. Tayeb Kamali,Vice-Chancellor and Director of Abu Dhabi Men's College. "Thisaligns with the college's vision of providing state-of-the-artinfrastructure for its students to keep abreast of currenttechnologies.

"By upgrading its wireless infrastructure, the college will beable to offer more in the way of e-learning and e-classes. Forexample, students will gain easy access to e-libraries, videoconferencing, on-line courses, web-based classes, course materialsand much more, from anywhere on campus."

According to Dr. Kamali, Abu Dhabi Men's College is the onlycampus facility in the Middle East to offer over 24 courseson-line.

"The upgrade will also allow students to make maximum usage ofavailable bandwidth through wireless access on laptops, which arebecoming mandatory learning tools at ADMC."

Avaya's Wireless infrastructure was selected due to its abilityto meet all the college's current requirements, whilst leavingscope for future expansion. It will also allow the college to entera converged environment at a later date that best suits its needs.The operability and functionality of convergence will add VoIP(Voice over Internet Protocol) applications and IP telephony,changing the possible learning and teaching dynamics at thecollege.

"The existing wireless network at Abu Dhabi Men's Collegecurrently runs 802.11b over 11Mb," said Serjios El-Hage, director,Middle East, North Africa and South East Europe. "Avaya's wirelessAP-3 access points will enable the college to make a seamlesstransition to the new 802.11a standard running over 54 Mb. Thisbroader bandwidth works for both student and college alike,allowing more students access to higher rates of data transfer andmore bandwidth for the college's improved applications."

"The advantage of the Avaya AP-3 Access Points is that they havetwo card slots, meaning the infrastructure can easily accommodate11Mb and 54Mb traffic simultaneously. This enables ADMC togradually phase out the 11Mb cards," said El-Hage.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks formore than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent ofthe FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is aworld leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP)telephony systems and communications software applications andservices.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications withbusiness applications — and distinguished by comprehensiveworldwide services — Avaya helps customers leverage existing andnew networks to achieve superior business results. For moreinformation visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

About Abu Dhabi Men's College of the Higher Colleges ofTechnology (HCT)
The Abu Dhabi Men's College (ADMC) spacious campus, which openedin 1988, includes modern scientific and computer laboratories andtechnical workshops, and classrooms equipped with the latesttechnology, all to assist students gain the skills they need toexcel in their chosen career. ADMC offers a range of work-relevantprogrammes in Business, CommunicationTechnology, EngineeringTechnology, HealthSciences and InformationTechnology.

Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE and home to manyworkplace opportunities for skilled and talented graduates. In 2001the College successfully hosted the student-focused, internationalconference e-ducation Without Borders. ADMC is locatedbeside the Higher Colleges of Technology's Centre of Excellence forApplied Research and Training, CERT. For more information visitthe ADMC Web site: http://www.hct.ac.ae/about/colleges_admc.html

About Omnix
Omnix was established in 1987 with the vision of serving itscustomers in utilizing information technology as a vehicle to reachtheir business objectives. Omnix delivers an innovative andintegrated business software solution. It is a complete end-to-endmanagement solution that links its user to the entire businessenvironment and its content. This solution is designed to fulfilthe requirements of any size of businesses and is flexible enoughto fit into different business industries.

The company's commitment means that users' needs are met now andin the future. Accordingly, our products were regularly enhanced tosatisfy the growth in user expectations and technological advances.For more information visit the Omnix Web site: http://www.omnix.co.ae

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