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Moravian College Leverages Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Networking Technology

June 21, 2014

The Enterprise division of Alcatel-Lucent has announced the deployment of networking technology at Moravian College.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise noted in a release that it has provided its Unified Access network technology to provide students and faculty staff with secure 'anytime, anywhere' access across the entire campus.

The company reported that the network enables all data, video and multimedia traffic to make use of a single secure network, and be accessed by any device without overloading IT with network management and support needs.

The network capacity meets the needs of the college and is prepared to support future expansion.

With technology availability playing an important part in students' choice of schools, Moravian College conducted a survey of students last year and found that many were unhappy with the performance of the institution's existing network.

The survey also revealed that existing network connections at Moravian were less than satisfactory, with connectivity dropping as students moved from one place to another location due to lack of coverage and capacity.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and channel partner Advance 2000 worked to design an integrated wired and wireless network.

The result was a Unified Access environment tailored for the Moravian College campus that addresses this problem, simplifies the operations via automation and improved network management, and overall provide a better user experience.

Scott Hughes, Chief Information Officer, Moravian College, said, "Our vision was to assure each student would have modern technology to enhance their learning and living experience here. When we committed to issuing multiple devices to our students, we realized they would also be bringing more from home. Students have high expectations of what wired and wireless networks should provide to support their research for classes and their social interactions. We needed a network that could effectively handle the academic load that would be placed on it and easily support the social and entertainment load the students would generate."

Moravian College is one of the oldest educational institutions in the U.S.

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