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Bill St. Arnaud is a R&E Network and Green IT consultant who works with clients on a variety of subjects such as the next generation research and education and Internet networks. He also works with clients to develop practical solutions to reduce GHG emissions such as free broadband and dynamiccharging of eVehicles (See . View my complete profile

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Overview of national wireless network strategies for R&E networks

[Harold Teunissen of SURFnet gave an excellent overview of developing a national wireless network strategies for R&E networks at the NORDUnet conference this week.
As I have blogged before, a national wireless R&E network strategy is the bold new frontier for R&E networking. As many research sensor and instrument networks come on line , the demand for M2M (machine 2 machine) communications is projected to grow much faster than traditional wireline services. Wireless networks will also be critical for anywhere, anyplace, anytime education and research. R&E networks, with their extensive fiber footprints, are well positioned to offer a unique and cost effective service to the R&E community integrating campus WiFi with wide area 3G/4G services. This can also be a significant revenue opportunity for R&E networks to displace income from selling dumb pipes as Opel Lighpath Exchanges come on line. More importantly, if done correctly a national wireless R&E network can be almost zero carbon, by selecting vendors who provide base station equipment that can be powered by small solar panels or miro wind mills – BSA]

Harold’s presentation can be found at,%20Anytime,%20Any%20place-NORDUnet%202011.pdf;jsessionid=773FC4C02E60B0D27BB7591554819528
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