Technology Deployment Plays Key Role in Educating Future Generations for Interconnected World

CommScope has been selected by the New Zealand Ministry of Education (MoE) to help 2,500 schools meet the connectivity demands of an ever-changing student population, the company said.

The deployment of up to 38,000 Wi-Fi 6 access points and 12,000 multi-gigabit switches will enable faster and more reliable performance across multiple connected devices in a highly dense campus environment.

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. 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.

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. 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.

CommScope worked with local distributor Exeed Limited, to supply the devices to The Network for Learning (N4L), a government owned company providing safe and secure Internet for schools, chosen by the MoE to support school networks with the new CommScope technology.