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T-Mobile, Cisco and Intel join to create broadband mobile for universities

Cannes 24 February 2004   
  • Integrated 2G, 3G and WLAN on and off campus
  • Preferential costs for students for wireless access usage and Notebook computers
  • Frankfurt University pilot now live
  • 100 universities targeted across Europe

Cannes, 24 February 2023 — T-Mobile, Cisco Systems and Intel today announce a major new initiative to roll-out and expand broadband WLAN and mobile networks across European university campuses and to enable students to work and communicate wirefree on and beyond campuses, through GPRS, UMTS and WLAN.

The programme aims to accelerate the rate at which universities equip campuses - libraries, lecture rooms, canteens and outside areas - with wireless access to the internet at full broadband speed. It also aims to improve existing university WLAN networks and encourage usage of broadband mobile amongst students on and off-campus.

The four companies bring together powerful, complementary resources. Cisco provides the WLAN systems infrastructure. T-Mobile provides the connectivity, interoperability between GPRS, UMTS and WLAN, and vouchers for students to access wirefree internet at preferential rates off campus. IBM has been selected to be the laptop partner for the pilot and will be using Intel-based think pads to provide wireless enabled laptops.

Frankfurt University will pilot the programme. The extended WLAN is now in place and the student packages will be available in April at the start of the summer term for students to use the university network for access on campus. The high-quality T-Mobile HotSpot service can also be used by visitors to the campus. This will also heighten the appeal of university venues to businesses needing cutting-edge conference facilities.

The Frankfurt pilot phase is expected to last several months. A wider roll-out is then planned from July 2004, with universities in Austria, UK, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. In total, 100 universities are being targeted.

Martin Witt, Executive Vice President of WLAN for T-Mobile, said: " Broadband mobile changes the way we all live, work and communicate. Universities are places where students not only need effective broadband access for their studies, but establish many of the working patterns they will carry through their lives. This is an important initiative, where we and our partners are addressing every piece of the communications chain - infrastructure, devices, customer experience, content and value. "

Massimo Migliuolo, Vice President, Worldwide Mobile Operations, Cisco Systems Inc. said: " Wireless delivers a level of flexibility in communications, which provides the individual user with an unprecedented experience of mobility and freedom. The productivity gains realised within a corporate environment will equally benefit higher-learning institutions, and help create a more fun and innovative environment for students."

Jürgen Thiel, Director Sales and Marketing, EU Countries and Israel at Intel, said " This program is a consequent extension to our worldwide initiative Intel® Innovation in Education which outlines the cooperation between Intel, Schools and Universities. With this industry program we go beyond education towards experience. Students will be able to experience productivity gains and the freedom which comes along with Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology."

Kai Rannenberg, professor for Mobile Commerce and Multilateral Security at Frankfurt University, said: " Making public and private use of the WLAN facility on the university ground is a grand challenge and opens great opportunities for university members as well as visitors. And together with our first-class-partners in the programme we will learn a lot, for example on identity management and AAA (authorization, access control, accounting)."

" Simultaneous Usage of a WLAN infrastructure within a public and a closed shop environment is a challenging project, both in the technical and in an administrative sense, said Dr. Stefan Glueckert, Head of the Computing Centre of Frankfurt University. It will noticeably increase the usefulness of our campus IT infrastructure."

T-Mobile will offer specially tailored 'bundles' for students and university staff which will include WLAN vouchers for use at T-Mobile's HotSpots off-campus, as well as 2G and 3G access.

Intel's Centrino Mobile Technology enables Notebooks and laptops to be smaller and lighter, with longer battery life and better integrated WiFi connectivity.

Details on the 'bundles' offered by T-Mobile and preferential rates of laptops will be announced closer to the start of the summer term.
Through its portfolio of wireless and security products, Cisco will provide the WLAN infrastructure combining both private and public usage on the same physical network, and helping ensure the highest security requirements will be met. In order to minimize operational efforts, a powerful management solution is also available. This wireless network will not only meet the universities' demands for today but will also allow them the flexibility to add other applications and services over time.

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