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Alcatel-Lucent’s turnkey WiFi network enables Italian University of Calabria to provide digital education for 2,500 users


Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that its OmniAccess Wireless products have been selected by the University of Calabria in Arcavacata, Italy to deploy a WiFi network that will blanket the 200-hectar campus with network access, changing how the university delivers education.

The turnkey integrated network leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s WiFi and data switching equipment to build a secure network that enables the entire university community to access Internet and school resources from anywhere on the campus, while also enabling professors to deliver lessons and exams online.

The University of Calabria will feature the new WiFi mesh capability of the OmniAccess Wireless to deliver uniform WiFi coverage indoors, outdoors and in areas where no cabling is available. The new network supports innovative IP service offerings on campus that will speed and streamline communication among users over multiple devices and help break down the “digital divide” in a low development rate area of southern Italy.

“Sharing knowledge is the core activity for an academic institution, that wants to consolidate its top ranking in Italy in terms of innovation and didactics” commented Giovanni Turco, responsible for Informatics & Telematics Area of University of Calabria. “We will count on this wireless network to provide seamless access to our resources and to the Internet from anywhere on campus, and we are sure we selected the best partner to offer our teachers and our students the best solution.”

The new network is based on Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess Wireless switches and includes indoor/outdoor WiFi access points, OmniSwitch 6850 wired data switches, network management software and network policy enforcement and security technology.

Alcatel-Lucent is also providing the site survey, radio design, hardware and software integration, installation and commissioning of the network. At commissioning, the network will support data applications, and is designed to support future voice over IP (VoIP) applications and fixed and mobile convergence.

“The University of Calabria has very aggressive academic goals that are enabled by technology, and we are glad to have partnered with them on this WiFi network,” said Eric Penisson, vice president of product management for enterprise activities at Alcatel-Lucent. “The project demonstrates the Alcatel-Lucent Dynamic Enterprise strategy of interconnecting networks, people, processes and knowledge, resulting in a more positive experience for users and a more productive campus community.”


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