Bandwidth demand skyrockets at Massey

Demand for bandwidth at Massey University has grown so dramatically in the past year that the Palmerston North campus is doubling its capacity.

Demand for bandwidth at Massey University has grown so dramatically in the past year that the Palmerston North campus is doubling its capacity.

The university has been coping with 4Mbit/s of both national and international bandwidth, however Keith Linforth, assistant director of infrastructure, says that will become 10Mbit/s for each in the next few months.

"The demand comes from our student labs, from the hostels here in Palmerston North, which also have access and from admin services. A lot of our administrative stuff is done online these days as well."

In addition, many staff members now make use of high speed mobile data devices to connect into the university.

"We have a lot of staff using JetStream from home, Mobile JetStream and GPRS to connect to our mobile servers and it's all eating up bandwidth."

In August last year, Computerworld Online reported Massey's rollout of internet access to the student accommodation, (Cheap broadband at Massey University). However, that has yet to be completed and isn't a factor in the current traffic levels. Eventually Massey will be offering students internet access for $10 a month.

"We're moving to 100MBit/s access that will be in the form of two 10Mbit/s PVCs [permanent virtual circuit] one national and one international."

The service has already been temporarily upgraded to offer 5Mbit/s for both national and international and the full upgrade should be completed by late April.

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