Guelph, Ontario -- The University of Guelph is gearing up to install a new voice, video and data network over the s...
July 16, 2002
Guelph, Ontario — The University of Guelph is gearing up to install a new voice, video and data network over the summer. The fully converged, campus-wide Internet Protocol (IP) network from Cisco Systems will be put in place to meet the facility’s increasing student enrolment and to expand its technological capabilities.
By running voice, video and data over one network, the University hopes to reduce administration costs and improve productivity by creating a single platform for advanced applications that will give them a competitive edge.
The new network infrastructure will replace the University of Guelph’s legacy PBX telephone system, which reached user capacity two years ago. Based on the Cisco Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data (Cisco AVVID), the network will enable advanced voice and data services in all campus residences and administrative buildings.
The network will feature 7,000 IP phones and 12,000 data ports across the campus. The University currently has 660 Cisco IP phones at its East Residence as a trial, and says the entire campus will be transitioned to IP telephony over the next three years.
“The trial program at East Residence has been an overwhelming success,” said Ron Elmslie, director of Computing and Communications Services at the University of Guelph. “The installation went smoothly and the students adapted to the new phones without any trouble. We were also able to reduce costs by only having to install a single converged network, instead of separate systems for voice and data.”
The ability to transport voice, video and data over a single network infrastructure will also simplify network management at the University. In addition, it has allowed the University to consolidate its data and voice areas, leading to a unified help centre environment, said Elmslie.