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Future-proof connected campus with private wireless networks

Future-proof connected campus with private wireless networks

From schools to universities, educational institutions are hotbeds for ideas and innovation. They possess an insatiable need for connectivity across the campus. From labs to classroom equipment, video creation and staff communication to sports arenas, there are a growing list of demands on the networks at these facilities. Today, higher educational institutions have traditional Wi-Fi networks to supplement fixed Ethernet infrastructure. However, these connectivity methods often fall short of key criteria such as dependability, security, performance, coverage, capacity, and mobility.

In a recent study conducted by Morning Consult in collaboration with Nokia and Verizon, it was found that for educational institutions, communication with staff and students is cited as an essential commodity (cited by 53 percent) alongside the enabling of more smart devices on the campus (cited by 50 percent). It was noted that these educational institutions focus on their students, with an eye on improvements to security, access, and speed.


Further accelerated by the pandemic, academic campuses across the globe have various IT needs which require a holistic view of connectivity in order to deliver seamless performance.  A recent survey of enterprises including educational institutions cited a major network upgrade in the last two to four years – resulting from the global pandemic, accelerated digitalization, and the need for modernization of the network. Fixed connections and Wi-Fi alone won’t be enough to meet the demand. The latest generation of private 5G networks, with fast speeds, low latency, and superior security is necessary. A whopping 94 percent of respondents feel confident there’d be a role for private wireless networks in the future of their academic enterprise.

Private 5G networks are part of the overarching connectivity solutions for educational organizations. There are indirect cost savings to choosing such a model—for example, public LTE is needed for connectivity outside the campus for remote classes. A private wireless network gives complete control over the creation and management of multi-local networks, with the added benefits of low latency, strong security, and the ability to scale as needed.

Verizon’s private wireless network solution, based on Nokia’s leading-edge Digital Automation Cloud (DAC), and fixed wireless access (FWA) provides fast, affordable broadband connectivity to schools and communities. Combining Wi-Fi in the school and students’ homes to connect laptops and tablets, connected to the reliable performance and security of a Verizon private wireless network powered by Nokia DAC enables quick and cost-effective provisioning of pervasive broadband to educational institutions.

As higher education works out what life will be like after the COVID-19 pandemic, every institution from kindergarten through university is in a different stage of bringing students back to campus. Whether students have fully returned to the classroom or are on a permanent hybrid model, one thing will be consistent—everyone, from students to faculty, will expect consistent, reliable connectivity. To stay competitive, educational facilities need to leverage private 5G network that enables robust, secure, and high-speed connectivity across the campus.

Jose Escobar

About Jose Escobar

Jose Escobar is a Managing Partner leading the Education Domain within Verizon’s Business Development and Strategic Initiatives group. In this role, Jose is responsible for the overall growth and strategy of the education business within Verizon’s Public Sector organization. In collaboration with an ecosystem of internal and external partners, education, government and industry leaders, he works with Education institutions helping to solve for digital equity, remote and personalized learning, enhancing student experiences and digital transformation. Jose previously led the national business development efforts for Verizon’s Smart Communities organization, focused on solving challenges associated with Sustainability, Public Safety and Transportation. Jose worked with state, local and education leaders in support to address their increasingly complex business challenges.

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Jane Mack-Crane

About Jane Mack-Crane

Jane Mack-Crane is Nokia Sales Director serving Verizon and their Public Sector customers. Jane is leading the Nokia team to deliver connectivity to Verizon's Education customers, both K-12 and higher education. Cities and school districts are increasingly in need of wireless solutions to address the digital divide, and higher education institutions are adopting 5G in the classroom as well as to increase security and safety on campuses. Leveraging Nokia’s commitment to “help the world act together,” Jane is developing the partnership with Verizon to bring Nokia’s 4G and 5G solutions to educators.

In 2020 Jane led the Nokia team to secure Verizon’s first global Private Wireless customer, deploying the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud Private 5G solution in a seaport in the UK.

Jane's prior roles within Nokia include Director Business Development, Director R&D, and Product Management. Jane currently serves on Nokia’s CEO Advisory Board, and was president of Nokia StrongHer Chicago chapter from 2018 thru 2021, working to increase gender diversity in technology fields.

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