SUBzone has standardised on Aruba's WLAN switching system as part of its project to deliver high-speed Internet connectivity to more than 55 UK student unions

June 30, 2004

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LODNON -- SUBzone, a wireless Internet service provider (WISP) and sister company of University entertainment broadcaster SUBtv, has standardised on Aruba Wireless Networks' (Aruba) wireless LAN (WLAN) switching system as an integral part of its project to deliver high-speed Internet connectivity to more than 55 Student Unions across the UK. The project is one of the largest independent wireless initiatives in the UK university sector.

SUBzone currently has exclusive rights to provide wireless connectivity to more than 55 Student Unions up and down the UK. This figure is set to rise to 75 by the end of the year, offering WLAN access to upwards ofI.2 million students.

The University of Leeds Metropolitan Student Union, one of the first WLAN sites to go live, forms a blueprint for the installation and development programme. Students at Leeds Metropolitan will have 802.11a+b/g access to the Internet through a high-speed wireless network installed within the Union building. Aruba's stackable WLAN switches and access points (APs) form part of a fully integrated solution allowing secure, centrally controlled access to the Internet and existing University networks from anywhere within the site throughwireless enabled PCs and PDAs.

The wireless network is a purpose-built overlay infrastructure completely separate from the existing network within the University and has been installed by SUBZone engineers in conjunction with the Leeds Met. University IT Executive. This pilot programme in Leeds ensures that a limited number of students can access the Internet free of charge during the test phase and on a term-by-term subscription basis next year.

"From our perspective, this project was crying out for a next generation wireless solution that integrated all the management controls and security of the entire wireless environment within a single system,"said JR Smith, CEO, SUBzone. "Aruba's thin AP approach, combining RF security with automated deployment and optimisation tools, addressed SUBzone's and our customer's principle concerns. We were very impressed with Aruba's track record in these areas and after extensive testing, it became abundantly clear we had found the right technology for the job."

SUBzone will manage the installations with help from Aruba's UK channel partner and main supplier React Technologies.

"We are delighted to have been chosen as an integral technology partner in this ground-breaking WLAN project," said Albert Benhamou, Vice President EMEA, Aruba Wireless Networks. "The ability for students to have secure and high speed Internet access throughout their Student Union, study lounges, halls or residence, café's, bars and cafeterias is a logical extension of a university's overall IT strategy."

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