College switches to IP telephones

HCT will introduce Cisco IP phones as part of its ongoing move towards greater wireless capability.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  May 26, 2004

HCT will introduce Cisco IP phones as part of its ongoing move towards greater wireless capability. “We plan to introduce IP telephony as part of the wireless infrastructure by September 2005,” says Brent Pienaar, academic network facilitator, HCT Dubai Women’s College. “We will use wireless IP phones for on-campus use only, so will not infringe UAE laws. We have no plans at the moment to use the phones over a WAN,” he adds. HCT is also planning to increase the density of wireless access points on the Dubai Women’s College campus. With over 2000 users on the campus, internet connection times are slower than wired high-speed access and this is something that HCT will address in the coming months. “We are finding that students tend to ignore the higher speed access wired PCs and favour using their own notebooks because of the convenience and freedom it brings,” says Jamie Stewart, supervisor, educational technology, HCT Dubai Women’s College. “Students used to have to book time to access the internet, now they can do it whenever they want.” The college recently required all first year students to buy wireless internet enabled notebooks. This has allowed HCT to cut back the number of PC silos on campus from 40 to three. “The money saved here has been used to accelerate investment in new network infrastructure, applications and servers,” says Pienaar.

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