Aruba deploys world’s largest Wi-Fi

Aruba Networks today announced it has deployed one of the world’s largest installations of the new wireless networking standard, 802.11ac, for the Australian Catholic Education Office Sydney.

The implementation brings next generation Wi-Fi functionality to more than 30,000 users including students (years 7-12), teachers and administrators spanning 39 secondary schools in Sydney.

Working with its system integration partner, Matrix CNI, the Catholic Education Office chose Aruba after conducting an extensive review of its existing wireless network. This process identified the advantage in immediately upgrading from its legacy 802.11n infrastructure to 802.11ac, for better network performance and management. Additionally, there was a requirement for a single sign-on to the wireless network, and also the ability to easily onboard any device.

According to Milton Scott, CTO, Catholic Education Office, “The Catholic Education Office embraced an 802.11n-based Wi-Fi network five years ago across its Sydney Diocese. Since that time, the demand for Wi-Fi across our network has grown exponentially among our students, teachers and administrators. We have also seen a significant shift in both the type and number of devices seeking access to the network.”

Across the Catholic Education Office network, it is now common for students as well as teachers to connect up to three devices, including Apple, Android and Windows-based smartphones, tablets and laptops to the Wi-Fi network at any time.

The Aruba solution was initially rolled out to 9 schools and head office – with the implementation spanning only five days. The installation was completed for an additional 30 schools over a 10-day period in late September 2013, during the New South Wales school holidays.

“Our project team is able to install the Aruba solution with such speed that we were able to easily upgrade three schools per day, and get the network up and running at each site on that same day. The Aruba solution is simple to manage. It’s literally install, switch on and forget, as we move on to the next site,” added Scott.

Steve Coad, managing director, Australia and New Zealand for Aruba Networks said, “With Aruba’s 802.11ac solution, including our unique patented ClientMatch, organisations gain significant performance improvements, larger network projection footprints, better management, and even more performance to 802.11n clients.”

The Catholic Education Office has a renowned reputation for its innovative approach and capability around networking, and at Aruba we’re proud of this significant achievement here in Australia in supporting them to become one of the world’s best wireless networks in the education sector added Coad.

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