Networking & Wireless

Washington State U Deploys Optical LAN for Campus Housing

Washington State University (WSU) plans to upgrade its broadband infrastructure for on-campus housing with a passive optical LAN (POL) solution.

Students living in campus housing had been demanding fast and reliable Internet service to access online applications and resources, as well as streaming content for entertainment. Student demand for bandwidth was straining the university's existing copper-based LAN, which was itself becoming antiquated and expensive to replace.

"Today's college students grew up in a connected world, and as more devices with Internet capabilities are continuously flooding the market, it's important for campuses like ours to provide the fast and reliable Internet that students demand," said Wallace A. Chase, information technology services network manager for the university, in a prepared statement. "The flood of broadband traffic places significant pressure on campus broadband infrastructures, potentially overloading networks.

The university worked with Leidos Engineering to develop a vision for the future and identify a suitable solution. They selected FiberLAN from Zhone Technologies. "We decided Zhone's FiberLAN addressed our needs and provided growth opportunity, allowing us to affordably upgrade our on-campus housing to provide students with the bandwidth they desire," said Chase.

According to information on the company's site, FiberLAN is a high-performance, high density gigabit passive optical network (GPON) LAN solution that can deliver high speed data, voice and video to multi-level, multi-unit complexes. FiberLAN will enable WSU "to meet increased demand for bandwidth, while saving space, decreasing power consumption and improving infrastructure lifespan," said Monique Apter, vice president of FiberLAN at Zhone Technologies, in a prepared statement.

The university is also "continuing to integrate POL into its own information technology building, and other campus administrative and housing facilities," according to a news release from Zhone Technologies.

Washington State University is a public research university located in Pullman, WA, serving nearly 28,000 students.

About the Author

Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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