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USEK upgrades Aruba WiFi network

Network upgrade will provide high speed wireless across campus

High speed WiFi can increase productivity and learning, says Eid.
High speed WiFi can increase productivity and learning, says Eid.

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon has upgraded its WiFi network with high-speed solutions from Aruba Networks.

The university, which already had a WiFi network from Aruba (acquired by HP April) and an HP core-to-edge wired network, has deployed a new network based on the 802.11ac standard. The high speed, campus-wide network, sill support voice services, collaboration and data access.

"Wi-Fi opens up a range of possibilities to increase productivity and learning and is imperative to continuous access of information, applications, people and other resources. Our ambitious plan was to make fast, secure and resilient wireless connectivity available across the entire campus, whilst providing our students and staff the very best infrastructure" said Ziad Eid, IT Director at USEK. "With over 8,500 students, 1,200 instructors, 400 staff and thousands of visitors and guests dependent on this deployment, we knew that we needed the industry leader's support"

Triple C, an Aruba partner, implemented the new network in under one month.

The new network consists of 570 Aruba AP205 access points for indoor areas, 20 Aruba AP225 access points for the high density common areas, and 10 Aruba AP275 access points for the outdoor areas. USEK also utilized two Aruba 7220 Mobility Controllers to manage the entire wireless infrastructure

The university said that it deployed the solutions to support higher user density across large areas while maintaining performance. Smart features for prioritizing traffic and seamless routing of traffic through access points was also a factor.

Abdo Karaki, network and security manager at USEK said: "We have been very satisfied with Aruba Networks solution. It is constantly reliable and easy to manage. The ClientMatch technology is fantastic and the voice roaming has been significantly enhanced." 

"The ease of deployment was a crucial factor from a business perspective as it did not cause any disruption to our users. Also, the solution has been designed to provide high scalability supporting thousands of concurrent users from centralized management," added Bernard Rizk, CEO, Triple C.

"With Aruba's wireless infrastructure, we were able to build a true mobility environment with identity-based access where users can seamlessly and securely roam anywhere. Moreover, they offered an outstanding voice quality and provided rich features, especially in voice prioritization."

USEK said that it also plans to be an early adopter to wave 2 of 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, and will deploy in the short term Access Points from Aruba Networks at selected locations. It also plans to deploy Aruba ClearPass in the near future to enable access management and control of the University's wired and wireless systems from a single platform.

"We are extremely happy to see that USEK, a University famous for deploying cutting edge technologies at its campus, is upgrading their existing six years old Aruba infrastructure to an 802.11ac capable one with us being the best match to their strict mobility requirements. Our patented client match technology, our tight integration with Microsoft Skype for Business, and our Access Points' high performance in high density venues provided the premium mobility experience USEK was looking to deliver to their students, Faculty, staff and guests. Retaining a highly demanding customer like USEK requires a vendor with 'Customer first, Customer last' culture, a culture that Aruba is very well-known of being able to deliver," said Rabih Itani, technical manager, Aruba Networks.