Zhone FiberLAN Improves Connectivity at Washington State University

  • Leidos Engineering
  • Zhone Technologies
OAKLAND, CA — Zhone Technologies, a global provider of fiber access transformation for service providers and enterprise networks, announced a new FiberLAN deployment with Washington State University (WSU). The deployment was made possible through working with Leidos Engineering.

WSU, a public research university located in Pullman, Wash., needed a flexible and future-looking solution to upgrade the broadband infrastructure for its on-campus housing. With a student body of nearly 28,000, WSU selected Zhone’s Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution, FiberLAN, to improve bandwidth availability and reliability for students living on campus. WSU is continuing to integrate POL into its own Information Technology building, and other campus administrative and housing facilities.

Accommodating Campus Broadband Traffic
“Today’s college students grew up in a connected world, and as more devices with Internet capabilities are continuously flooding the market, it’s important for campuses like ours to provide the fast and reliable Internet that students demand,” said Wallace A. Chase, information technology services network manager, Washington State University. “The flood of broadband traffic places significant pressure on campus broadband infrastructures, potentially overloading networks. We decided Zhone’s FiberLAN addressed our needs and provided growth opportunity, allowing us to affordably upgrade our on-campus housing to provide students with the bandwidth they desire.”

Improving Infrastructure Lifespan

“Passive Optical LAN solutions like Zhone’s FiberLAN allow campuses to meet increased demand for bandwidth, while saving space, decreasing power consumption and improving infrastructure lifespan,” said Monique Apter, vice president, FiberLAN at Zhone Technologies. “The solution ensures networks are able to fully meet student needs by increasing access to necessary applications and resources that improve productivity, while enabling bandwidth for students to stream content for entertainment purposes.”

“WSU has seen previous investments in copper cabling become antiquated and expensive to replace. Leidos Engineering worked with WSU to develop a vision for the future, and now WSU is installing single-mode fiber optic cable that will serve them with incredible access speeds today, as well as decades into the future,” said Matt Miller, principal systems engineer, Leidos. “Leidos delivered a turnkey POL solution that is well-suited for WSU’s students and IT operations.”

Zhone’s solution, FiberLAN, is a high-performance, high density GPON-based POL for multi-level, multi-unit commercial and industrial complexes like hotels, campuses, bandwidth demanding desktops and workstations. The solution conserves energy and reduces operating costs. Zhone has implemented its FiberLAN solution at several university and school campuses across North America.

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