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August 20, 2010

Gigabit Internet in Marian High School to Pave the Way for Hosted Solutions

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

Fiber optic technology has been around for quite some time and fiber optic cables are being used more frequently to access the Internet as they have a high transmittal capacity and a longer reach.

Waveform Technology, a privately held facilities-based Internet service provider and data center operator based in Troy, Michigan is all set to enhance the use of Interactive resources in at least three private schools by providing Gigabit Internet access through a new fiber optic construction.

The school year 2010 promises to be an exciting phase for Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills, Brother Rice High school and St. Regis School as they will be the beneficiaries of the new Internet access that is provisioned over privately owned fiber built by Waveform Technology. 

Replacing the old Internet connection with fiber optic cables will make Internet access more than 160 times faster than the old Internet connection and 650 times faster than a T1 circuit. This means that Marian High school will have the fastest Internet access compared to that in any other private school in Michigan.

"This is as a pilot project for a larger community oriented construction schedule,"Waveform Technology representative, Noel Montales, said, and added that it was just one of several ongoing expansions to Waveform Technology's fiber optic network.

Commenting on the fact that private schools didn't have access to the same purchasing power as public school districts, Montales said that Waveform was anxious to ensure that these schools had cost-effective access to the large bandwidth they needed.

By breaking the price barrier on T1 circuits, Waveform had been the first to provide dedicated Internet to private schools in Metro Detroit, and now Montales said it hoped to achieve another first by providing extremely fast Internet access.

Mark Hallman of Marian's Technology department, said that this would enable Marian High School to move to hosted solutions for the purpose of school management and also to have access to educational resources, allowing it to explore video, simulations, and virtual educational technology opportunities.

He further added that teachers need no longer limit their Internet use in the class room because of limited bandwidth, for with Gigabit Internet, the restriction could be removed.

Waveform Technology provides a wide range of data transport services to businesses, schools, and non-profits throughout southeast Michigan, using a 400 route mile fiber network.

Located in Bloomfield Hills, Marian is a Catholic college preparatory high school for young women sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The mission of Marian High School is to ensure an excellent education within a Christian environment, which will enable young women to value human diversity and live responsible lives of leadership and action based on gospel values.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny