Box Hill network hits gigabit speed

Box Hill Institute of TAFE is sharpening its online learning strategy, recently becoming what is believed to be Australia's first tertiary institution equipped with a gigabit Ethernet backbone.

The school's gigabit Ethernet commitment is also paving the way for trials of IP telephony and IP-based television services this year.

Richard Constantine, Box Hill's general manager information technology services, said the project aims to bring gigabit Ethernet to every desktop on the remaining six campuses over the next three years.

The institute conducted the network upgrade of its Nelson campus during November and December 1998, rolling out 1000 ports to just over 1000 users on the campus.

"Our minimum standard is 10/100Mbps to the desktop," Constantine said.

The Nelson campus conducts the institute's information technology and electronics courses.

Box Hill is using the Cisco series 5500 chassis and a mix of catalyst 5000, 2900 and 3000 routers. The institute's core router is a Cisco Catalyst 7200.

The network is supporting the institution's status as the "trainer of trainers". According to Constantine, Box Hill has a dual role as a Cisco Registered Academy and Cisco Academy Training Centre for Australia and New Zealand.

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