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Broadband services provider CommScope has been selected by the New Zealand Ministry of Education (MoE) to help 2,500 schools meet the connectivity demands of its student populations, with the deployment of up to 38,000 Wi-Fi 6 access points and 12,000 Multi-gig switches.

CommScope says the deployment of up to 38,000 Wi-Fi 6 access points and 12,000 Multi-gig switches across the school system will enable “faster and more reliable performance across multiple connected devices in a highly dense campus environment”.

CommScope says the Ruckus technology upgrade includes the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 indoor R650 access point optimised for video-centric learning and the use of virtual reality in classrooms.

According to CommScope, the technology has the potential to improve educational outcomes for students across New Zealand by supporting higher data rates, increased capacity and improved power efficiency.

“It is also the first time that schools have been able to bring the management of their entire network onto a single platform making troubleshooting of connectivity issues much easier,” CommScope said.

“We want to equip our students with the right skills through digital technologies,” said Kim Shannon, Head of Education Infrastructure Service, New Zealand Ministry of Education.

“Looking to the future, educators have the opportunity to redefine how we communicate and collaborate. Reliable and superfast connectivity is giving students the possibility to do things differently and prepare for new skills that don’t yet exist, giving every student the best chance to thrive.”

CommScope say that with increased streaming and cloud-based educational services, the MoE opted for an “advanced Wi-Fi 6 technology approach”.

“The school system will benefit from the high performance access point coupled with ICX7150, ICX7450, ICX7650 and ICX7850 switches with 10GbE connectivity,” CommScope said.

“Ruckus SmartZone Controllers will manage both the switching and Wi-Fi networks with extended reporting and network analytics available through the Ruckus Smart Cell Insight (SCI) platform.”

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution has made it imperative for education systems to adapt. The New Zealand Ministry of Education is unlocking the potential of Wi-Fi 6 which will ultimately enhance state-of-the-art learning,” said Murray Dickson, director of Enterprise for South Pacific, CommScope.

“The MoE is leveraging CommScope’s extensive expertise in Wi-Fi and switching devices and applications as we usher in a new era of technology in education.”


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