Education industry still a victim of inferior Wi-Fi

The education and academic sectors are still wasting money on inferior Wi-Fi solutions that simply don’t meet the needs of students – what’s more is they are not alone.

According to Quentin Daffarn, managing director at UC-Wireless, one of the top Ruckus Wireless Partners of Westcon SA, schools and universities are in serious need of Wi-Fi solutions that work, yet continue to fall prey to sales pitches that promise price reduction but that fall short in quality. It is with this in mind that the company will be showcasing and putting Wi-Fi on display at EduWeek on 10th and 11th July at the Sandton Convention Centre in South Africa.

“Education institutions often don’t have the exhaustive budgets of their enterprise counterparts, which means they sometimes have to settle for compromises when it comes to selecting technology solutions,” states Daffarn. “Remember at an academic institution there is an increase in the density of connections where a couple of thousand, let alone hundreds of tablets have to connect at the same time.

“After investing in a solution and spending sometimes in excess of R100K – R150K the network can still be slow and students wont be able to access it. With the Ruckus solution we are demonstrating at EduWeek, we will be showcasing how academics and enterprises can spend wisely, and benefit from a far superior Wi-Fi solution, even though it may cost the same or more, the performance is poles apart, but can be deployed to stage or optimise available budgets.”

According to Daffarn, the first critical step to any effective e-learning platform is the installation of a robust, reliable, fast and seamless enterprise-grade high-density Wi-Fi solution.

“There are so many wireless solutions out there that companies could say they are spoiled for choice, but the reality is that often you need to double the quantity of your investment in order to be able to experience the quality you require,” states Tiens Lange, business unit director at Westcon Communications Solutions.

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