Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Classic pix: Dubai, May 2008

Seven years ago we were in Dubai. I was working on the Dubai World Central project as telecoms network architect, just before the great crash of 2008 when all such grandiose projects stopped in their tracks. All those voluminous RFPs and Qs we had sweated over for so long, consigned to dusty filing cabinets. Are they still there?

Clare at the Madinat Jumeirah

The Network Architect smiles wryly and says nothing

The author: Dubai in May is just hot!
It was an interesting experience working as the client's representative with suppliers such as Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and with smaller companies for metropolitan WiFi and WiMAX. I was busy writing RFPs at multiple layers of the technology stack from optical through Ethernet transport, IP networking, multimedia IMS, video over IP and wireless networks - and doing lots of quantitative network modelling (cf the Dilbert cartoon above, which dates from that time).

Given the situation in the UAE, Clare was restricted to life as a lady of leisure. Not sure that was an enormous problem for her ... .

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