Infotech Lead India: Christ University has selected Ruckus Wireless’ Smart Wi-Fi technology to provide campus-wide, Wi-Fi access for over 12,000 students, faculty members and staff members on its campus.
Christ University has deployed over 350 Ruckus ZoneFlex 7341 802.11n access points and a ZoneDirector 3000 wireless LAN (WLAN) controller for complete network management and system-wide visibility, and administration of the entire infrastructure, providing detailed reporting, statistics, troubleshooting, and client trending information.
The Christ University was looking for a cost effective Wi-Fi solution for its campus spanning over 25 acres, situated in the center of Bangalore city. The new Ruckus Wi-Fi networks supports a range of applications for the University, like e-learning, video conferencing, IPTV, guest access, student information systems, interactive student/teacher communications, live and pre-recorded lecture streaming and Internet access within student housing facilities.
Higher education institutions around the world are increasingly turning to and relying on Wi-Fi networks to deliver campus-wide wireless coverage to support mobile users who carry multiple wireless-only devices like smartphones and tablets. Providing cost effective, reliable, secure connectivity and authentication without new IT resources is a major challenge for vendors.
Also contributing to the robust adoption of Wi-Fi within higher education is the increased use of video over Wi-Fi for a variety of uses ranging from peer-to-peer student and student-to-teacher communications, to video streaming of lectures, IPTV and CCTV applications.
ABI Research estimates that the global spending on wireless LAN equipment in the higher education space could reach over USD $837 million in 2013.
According to Dell’Oro Group, Ruckus Wireless posted the strongest growth among all wireless vendors of 74 percent in Q4 2012 year over year in worldwide total manufacturer revenue for enterprise and outdoor wireless LANs from 2011 to 2012 and a market share of 17 percent. The Dell’Oro report noted that in 2012, education constituted 24 percent of the wireless LAN vertical markets.