Network Communications News (NCN) December 2016 - Page 15

O N TH E C AS E An asset for Africa Newtec has announced that its Newtec Dialog platform, including a Wi-Fi hotspot solution, has been selected by Avanti Communications Group as the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) ground segment technology platform for its Eco project and is set to provide connectivity to schools and communities in SubSaharan Africa. The Eco project, which is a public-private partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Avanti, will provide affordable and reliable satellite broadband connectivity in its first phase to 1,400 schools and community sites across Sub-Saharan Africa within the next two years. Newtec Dialog enables tailored services and features Newtec’s unique MxDMA bandwidth allocation technology, ensuring maximum bandwidth efficiency and service availability which are essential for high throughput services in high value verticals such as cellular backhaul and government. The Eco satellite broadband services will benefit thousands of schools, communities and health centres, as well as Internet cafés and community area networks. The connectivity will also be used by local governments, telecom providers, mobile network operators and Internet service providers. National treasure Criccieth TV has been chosen to provide a site-wide Wi-Fi solution at Portmeirion Village and hotel resort; a popular and picturesque visitor attraction located on the coast of Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, North Wales. Portmeirion is one of Wales’ premier visitor attractions, welcoming 250,000 visitors every year. The Wi-Fi network gives blanket coverage for day visitors, guests and 72 rooms in the village. All guest cottages have their own ‘mini hotspot’, for others, there is a guest Internet Solutions hotspot which is designed specifically for use in venues where there are a large amount of users. As the site is Grade 2 listed, every cable is hidden. Care has also been taken to ensure discrete Wi-Fi access points, mounting them flat on the outside of buildings, using EnGenius Neutron dual-band managed units. The access points are then painted the same colour as the walls they are mounted to; there is even an access point hidden in the top of the tower. 14-15 On the Case.indd 15 School showcase Ten Ten Systems has developed and installed a 21st century IT solution with a seamless 5G wireless network across the campus at Myddelton College, the first Microsoft Showcase School in North Wales. Ten Ten Systems, itself a Microsoft Gold Partner, was approached to install the state-ofthe-art server and Wi-Fi, in addition to the reconfiguration and optimisation of present hardware on the campus. Existing tech was incorporated into the framework and as part of the new system, Microsoft Surface tablets have been issued to all students and teachers. These will be used in conjunction with multiple display surfaces in each classroom. Other features of the campus infrastructure include 5G wireless access points, Microsoft Office 365, 100Mb fibre optic broadband and a cloud storage solution. The aim is to make the school’s tech system a secure environment for the students, but also seamless across the campus. The SonicWall security enables monitoring of the students’ activity, via user ID for each individual. Rather than simply focusing on the immediate installation, Ten Ten also looked at the number of students expected to attend the college in the long term and its future technology aspirations. Myddelton College has received a serious IT upgrade across its campus 02/12/2016 11:01