DIC gets cabled up

20 October 2000

Dubai Internet City (DIC) has awarded a contract to US-owned Avaya to supply a gigabit cabling infrastructure system designed to deliver high-speed end-to-end connectivity.

The value of the award has not been made public.

Avaya, a provider of communications systems for enterprises, was spun off from the Enterprise Networks division of Lucent Technologies on 30 September. DIC, a purpose-built facility for internet-based companies, is due to open at the end of October (MEED 8:9:00). More than 100 companies plan to set up in the city which aims to become the e-hub of the Middle East (MEED 14:4:00).

More than 40,000 factor fibre connectors will be installed at points along 1,900 kilometres of network and local area network (LAN) cabling spanning the DIC campus to provide the throughput.

Three major technical contracts were awarded by DIC in August for the construction of its IT infrastructure to Siemens Business Services of Germany, and Cisco Systems International and Sun Microsystems, both of the US (MEED 18:8:00).

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