September 27, 2005 08:59 ET

Jinan University to Deploy Nortel Wireless Mesh Network; Campus-Wide 'Hotzone' to Enable Indoor, Outdoor Online Access

BEIJING--(CCNMatthews - Sep 27, 2005) -

Jinan University is deploying China's first university campus wireless mesh network at its main campus in Guangzhou using equipment from Nortel (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT).

The network is designed to support campus mobility by creating a 'hotzone,' providing secure, seamless campus-wide broadband wireless access to the public Internet and university network. Faculty and students will be able to use laptops and handheld computing devices to access university and Internet-based online resources across the entire campus, indoors and outdoors.

The wireless mesh network is expected to be fully operational by October 1, 2005, with wireless VoIP services to follow in a second deployment. Nortel's nPower channel partner LDL Technology is implementing the network.

Jinan's enrollment includes students from 57 different countries, and Nortel's wireless mesh network will help the university increase its worldwide appeal to students seeking to enhance their academic experience with the most advanced technologies. It is the country's largest and oldest university.

The innovative Nortel solution will also support the university in organizing two major upcoming events -- the first Asian University Athletic Championship, which Jinan is hosting in November, and the centenary celebration in 2006 of the university's founding.

"Deploying Nortel's Wireless Mesh Network Solution at Jinan University is a significant milestone in Nortel's ability to enhance the educational experience in China through advanced wireless communications," said Stephen Tsui, chief operating officer, Greater China, Nortel. "The wireless mesh network is ideal for universities, providing a more cost-effective and highly reliable eEducation solution that is designed to allow users to securely and continuously access the network and the Internet while moving around the campus."

Nortel's Wireless Mesh Network solution uses wireless links to connect access points installed inside or outside to provide secure, seamless access to wireless broadband services. This solution allows enterprises, such as universities, to install wireless LANs in areas where it is difficult or cost-prohibitive to run cables. This innovative approach can help reduce dramatically the complexity and cost of deploying a traditional wireless LAN.

The Jinan University solution includes Nortel Wireless Access Point 7220 and 7215, and Nortel Wireless Gateway 7250. Because the solution uses IEEE 802.11 standards, users with Wi-Fi enabled laptops or handheld computing devices can access the university network or Internet without new hardware or software.

Nortel's Wireless Mesh Solution has been deployed at Edith Cowan University in Australia and the University of Arkansas in the United States. Field trials of the Nortel solution are also underway at Taiwan's National University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.

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