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D-Link Mideast Plant Inaugurated in Cairo

Networking solutions manufacturer D-Link announced the inauguration of its Middle East and North Africa regional office and plant in Cairo.

D-Link's incentive to invest in the region is driven by the growing demand for networking and communication products in the Middle East, Iran, Pakistan and North Africa. The regional office is geared toward offering better customer support and expanding the level of services.

The plant and premises are located over an area of 3000 square meters in the Alobour City with a capital of $2 million. The first manufacturing phase is dedicated to the production of hubs, network cards and modems, with a planned assembly line for routers and switchers, the firm said.

F. A. Fateen, head of operations, said D-Link was encouraged by the investment atmosphere in Egypt, especially the economic reformation program aimed at attracting foreign investment.

"Egypt has a promising market that can hold the highest level of technology," Fateen said. Aptec Egypt has been designated D-Link's distributor in the country.

President of the Egyptian General Authority and Free Zone welcomed D-Link's move saying it came "at the right time." He added that demand for networking services in the region is now at a peak level.

Gitex '98 is the Middle East's largest annual IT expo. It is held in Dubai, and runs from October 29 to November 2. D-Link said it will be showcasing its latest products covering the SoHo market, switching hubs, LANs, and other products there.