Massey rolls out flexible ethernet

Cisco has rolled out its first local implementation of long reach ethernet technology. The LRE implementation covered five Massey University student accommodation buildings in Palmerston North.

Cisco has rolled out its first local implementation of long reach ethernet technology.

The LRE implementation covered five Massey University student accommodation buildings in Palmerston North. It took five days and was extended to six other university buildings where the university says the cost of fibre could not be justified.

LRE promises broadband access at speeds of up to 15Mbit/s, allowing simultaneous voice, video and data transmission to distances of up to 1.5km. Cisco has touted LRE as being able to run ethernet over any kind of wire — including flat telephone wire, coaxial cable or power lines — sparing the expense of having to install data-quality cable in older buildings.

Massey University infrastructure assistant director Keith Linforth praises the project for doing just that: using existing copper cable and avoiding the need for fibre feeder cabling to student accommodation.

Linforth says the rollout has proved ideal in satisfying student demand for reliable connectivity.

“This allows students not only to access the internet but also increase the portfolio of university-based web-services for study, research and general administrative activity,” he says.

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