Dubai Silicon Oasis Selects Nortel to Create Innovation-Driven Technology Institution

    Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the region’s number one
    integrated innovations hub for high-tech industries, has selected Nortel
    to supply a next-generation, highly-resilient IP network for
    its headquarters opening in early 2007. The new infrastructure will be
    deployed by Nortel’s partner Beta Information Technology.

    Dubai Silicon Oasis is a wholly-owned entity of the government of Dubai,
    operating as a free zone technology park for semiconductors, microelectronics
    and other electronic-based companies looking to set up their regional
    headquarters and R&D divisions.
    The network from Nortel will give DSO a scalable, mobile and truly
    unified communications network, supporting DSO’s staff, tenants and affiliate
    companies business growth while providing a flexible foundation for future
    advanced communications services.

    “Deploying Nortel converged IP solutions was a logical choice because
    they perfectly combine network intelligence, resiliency, scalability, and
    security while controlling total costs of ownership,” said Mrs. Shahla Ahmed
    Abdul Razak, deputy CEO, DSO. “Dubai Silicon Oasis aims to create a
    knowledge-based economy and this partnership reflects how an organization can
    implement best IT services to achieve greater efficiencies and offer
    competitive advantages for the corporations that decide to participate in our

    “Nortel’s technology will provide DSO with a highly secure and reliable,
    high-speed network based on the latest technologies for current and
    next-generation multimedia applications,” said Ramin Attari, Middle East
    Leader, Nortel. “The flexibility to easily expand to meet future demand while
    maintaining a highly secure and ‘always on’ business critical network will be
    crucial to meeting DSO’s business plan for higher service and efficiency.”

    On the infrastructure side, the solution consists of a resilient terabit
    cluster of two Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600s at the core and Nortel
    Ethernet Routing Switch 5520 at the edge providing power over LAN, and
    10/100/1000 connectivity. In addition, the solution includes Nortel’s WLAN
    2300 for secure Wi-Fi coverage and seamless mobility throughout the HQ