In July, Dean Birdsall, a Senior Network Engineer,
traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where his experience, knowledge, and
professionalism were key factors in the successful design,
implementation, and setup of the network technology at the corporate
headquarters of Xenel International for Sonic Telecom. Xenel
International (www.xenel.com), under the direction of Sheik Alireza, is
a consolidated group of fourteen companies, making it one of the largest
organizations in Saudi Arabia.
WirelessTEK and Sonic Telecom designed
approximately 20 Virtual Local Area Networks between fourteen remote
sites to access Xenelís corporate resources such as data and audio-video
teleconferencing and to achieve fast satellite Internet and email
Dean implemented network communications between
Xenel's corporate headquarter and their remote companies using laser
(wireless) LightPointe 155Mb bridges and E-1 technologies for the Wide
Area Network. A total of fourteen laser LightPointes where linked
to the corporate office's Cisco 6509
core switch using fiber optic, and a number of E-1s where utilized for
long distance sites linked to the corporate office's Cisco 3600 router.
additional Cisco 2900/3500 distribution switches, routers, and other
devices were installed to complete this task, and another
devices were reconfigured in a record time of just two weeks.
The 155Mb wireless network provided Xenel with
extremely fast bandwidth for their network, which was primarily needed
to run their custom SAP applications. Eventually, Xenel will utilize
Sonicís ATM network to link into London and U.S. networks.
The next step is this project will be for
WirelessTEK to remotely monitor and maintain the entire Xenel