Southern Cross University upgrades to 802.11ac wireless

Huawei, Southern Cross sign five-year agreement

Huawei Australia CEO Zhao Xichu and Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Peter Lee.

Huawei Australia CEO Zhao Xichu and Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Peter Lee.

Southern Cross University has tapped Huawei for a five-year project to upgrade its communications and campus security systems.

Under the agreement signed today, Huawei will upgrade the telecommunications network and CCTV systems on the University’s four campuses in Lismore, Coffs Harbour, the Gold Coast and Sydney.

Huawei will deploy 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) fibre intra-campus backhaul, 1GbE wired access and wireless 802.11ac access points, a Huawei spokeswoman told Computerworld Australia.

The access switches connect to aggregation switches with 10GbE ports and the aggregation and core switches all support upgrade to 40GbE and 100GbE in the future, she said.

Huawei will deploy its newest 802.11ac general access point to provide wireless coverage for the campuses. The 802.11ac provides switching capacity up to 1.75 gigabits per second and high speed wireless connections for all users, including high density areas such as a conference room or lecture theatre.

Huawei’s Cloud Engine Data Centre switches will provide 64Tbps of switching capacity for large file transfer and cloud connectivity.

Huawei will also provide a cloud platform to deliver apps and services, and implement a smart campus product including HD telepresence, interactive classrooms, cloud communications and VoIP.

In addition, Huawei plans to offer scholarships and internships to Southern Cross University students. Two students have recently returned from a three-week internship with Huawei in China, it said.

“This is a major project which will ensure our information and communications technology infrastructure is of the highest possible quality and capable of meeting the needs of a rapidly changing digital world,” said Peter Lee, vice-chancellor of Southern Cross University.

Huawei Australia CEO Zhao Xichu said the smart campus project “enables the management of increased data traffic and improves capacity and performance for students and teachers to enjoy a high speed IT network, wherever they are, in the classroom, in laboratory or coffee shop.”

Adam Bender covers telco and enterprise tech issues for Computerworld and is the author of dystopian sci-fi novels We, The Watched and Divided We Fall. Follow him on Twitter: @WatchAdam

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