SOURCE: Apogee

Apogee

April 19, 2011 11:41 ET

Apogee Partner Details Wireless Success in Campus Technology Magazine

Centenary College IT Director Discusses $1.4 Million Cost Savings After Partnering for Managed ResNet Services

AUSTIN, TX and SHREVEPORT, LA--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2011) - Apogee, the nation's largest provider of managed residential network (ResNet) services to higher education, today announced that long-time partner Centenary College of Louisiana has been featured in the online edition of Campus Technology Magazine.

The article, written by IT Director Scott Merritt, details eight tips to ensure residential wireless coverage based on the college's own successful experience collaborating with Apogee to deploy wireless infrastructure in 2009.

"Our deployment couldn't have gone better," said Merritt. "[In Fall 2009], new and returning student residents were greeted with wireless connectivity for all their devices, and, with that, the college and our students gained entry into the modern era of mobile connectivity."

By partnering with Apogee for their residential student network, the college was able to achieve significant cost savings.

"In weighing the costs associated with doing this ourselves versus through our managed ResNet provider, Centenary was able to save approximately $1.4 million over the life of the contract," said Merritt. "As [Apogee] assumed the initial investment for both equipment and installation, Centenary was able to defer up-front capital expenditures, yet promptly set up a wireless network that scales as technologies and student needs evolve."

Now, after several years of successful residential wireless coverage, Centenary College is very pleased with the decision to outsource.

"I still remember how quickly the troubleshooting phone calls stopped as soon as we deployed managed ResNet," said Merritt. "That simple decision empowered and freed up my team to work with Centenary's administrators to focus on the more strategic and academic IT issues of our school."

To view the full article in Campus Technology Magazine, visit http://www.apogeenet.net/features/centenary-wireless

About Apogee

Apogee is the nation's largest and most innovative provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNets) for higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university, such as growing the enterprise network and facilitating the development and use of e-learning tools and content. For more information about Apogee and its services, visit www.apogeenet.net.

About Centenary College

Centenary College of Louisiana is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South. Located in Shreveport, LA, Centenary is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South and is considered one of the nation's "Best 361 Colleges" by The Princeton Review. For more information about Centenary College of Louisiana, visit www.centenary.edu.

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