UAE’s Higher College of Technology implements Ethernet solution

Published May 14th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Foundry Networks will implement its new network technology, the scalable Gigabit Ethernet solution, in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), starting with the Intranet and Internet network connections of the Abu Dhabi Men's College (ADMC).  


The new Foundry network covers the entire ADMC backbone and connectivity to desktops. Foundry Networks’ UAE distributor, Seven Seas, worked closely with Foundry to design, test and implement the solution.  


“Recognizing that the network infrastructure was inhibiting the Colleges from achieving their e-education goals, upgrading the network became a priority. Faculty staff and students are using multimedia more and more and this places increasing demands on bandwidth. We expect a ten-fold increase in bandwidth usage within two years and the capacity of our new network allows us to accommodate this surge in demand,” Robin Stark, HCT's head of educational development, said.  


The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) were founded in 1988 to provide tertiary education to citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Since then the colleges have grown to include 11 colleges on separate campuses, with both staff and student numbers rising on average 30 percent year on year. Today, HCT has a staff of 1,400 and a student population of 12,000 from over 33 countries. — ( 

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