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Aseza (Jordan)

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Jordan's Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) needed to provide WAN connectivity for eight remote sites, including the two ASEZA headquarters, Wadi Araba Customs, King Hussein International Airport, Aqaba City Services Centre, Aqaba Harbour Customs, Aqaba Income Tax department and the South Border Crossing Point. ASEZA also needed access to applications and other services.

LightPointe Solution:

LightPointe's optical wireless products combined with Cisco wireless bridges proved to be just the solution ASEZA required. The wireless WAN, which was designed and implemented by NCR, offers higher bandwidth availability than traditional leased line connectivity. LightPointe's optical wireless system provides a backbone of up to 155 Mbps, while Cisco's Aironet 350 wireless bridges deliver connectivity speeds of up to 11 Mbps.

The network provides access to Internet, e-mail and file sharing facilities, as well as to department-specific business applications. ASEZA also plans to provide videoconferencing and video surveillance of certain sites in the zone.

While bandwidth flexibility and scalability were a key concern for ASEZA, security was also paramount. ASEZA has undertaken a number of measures: All traffic is encrypted from sender to receiver and back again, while plans are underway to implement strong encryption mechanisms on the Cisco 3662 core routers and 2621XM edge routers. LightPointe's Layer One products are inherently secure and immune to tapping, or other intrusions, further increasing the security of the wireless network.

A leader in free-space optics (FSO) technology, LightPointe's optical wireless products are now at work in more than 60 countries, in 2,000-plus installations.

Sound Byte:

"There are several reasons why we opted for optical wireless. One of the reasons was an overall reduction in the total cost of ownership compared with conventional leased line connectivity through the local telecommunication operator's infrastructure. Another reason was the faster time to deploy and implement such a network. Optical wireless really allows us to expand our network and services in a very fast and cost-effective manner."
— Omar Qawas, MIS Director, ASEZA.