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Telent to deliver new wireless network for University of Bristol


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The University of Bristol is taking delivery of a new Wi-Fi network from digital infrastructure company Telent.

The company is currently testing the solutions for deployment across 229 campus locations using over 12,000 wireless access points as part of the university’s Modern Network Programme.

It said the network will be one of the largest for an education institution outside of North America and have the capacity to support over 300,000 devices.

It also upgrading the university’s core network and infrastructure that connects buildings across multiple campus locations to a carrier class 100Gb capacity, and designing and implementing a management platform for the university to deliver new IT services.

The network is built on Mist AI technology from Juniper Networks, which uses a combination of AI, machine learning and data science techniques to optimise user experiences and simplify operations across the network.

Enriching learning

Jo Gretton, CEO at Telent, said: “With an array of devices and technologies now available and necessary to enrich the learning experience of students in the higher education sector, high performance and world class connectivity and IT services are essential.

“The new network will be fundamental to power the university’s mission to continue to attract world class students and research projects and help drive the University of Bristol up the UK and world university rankings.”

The Modern Network Programme is a wireless first approach that involves the strategic deployment of Wi-Fi access points across the university’s campus. The design was completed and replicated at Telent’s networking engineering centre of excellence based at the organisation’s Camberley facility, which allowed the team to fully test the wireless network in a simulated environment before being deployed at the university.

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