Cisco powers Beirut port interoffice network

Published June 11th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Port of Beirut Authorities has constructed a networking platform powered by Cisco Systems technologies. The system is designed to improve interoffice communications between the three major departments of the port ― the Administration building, the Customs and the new Terminal Container Operator.  


This installation is part of a plan adopted by the Lebanese government to increase work efficiency at the Port of Beirut and to stimulate its development as a major trading hub for the Levant region. 


“Goods moving in and out of any country are the life-blood of the economy. The Lebanese Government is investing in this strategic gateway by introducing the most modern networking technologies available,” said Engineer Fady Tayah, networking systems manager for Port of Beirut Authorities.  


“Before the modernization project, we had a number of stand-alone local area networks connecting a limited number of users in different locations. It was too slow – as time passed the workload increased steadily, and the old systems could not provide us with the bandwidth we needed to keep the port working swiftly,” added Tayah.  


“The Port of Beirut Authorities has taken a major step forward as Lebanon’s government starts to adapt its systems to the new e-Economy,” said Mohammed Abdul Malak, Levant regional manager for Cisco Systems Middle East. “Today, efficient information systems make the difference between being attractive as a trading partner, and being relegated to second place.” 


Established in 1996, BMB Lebanon is the Cisco Premier certified partner that supplied and installed the Port with the networking equipment. ― (MENA Report)

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