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October 15, 2014

Free Wi-fi hotspots for schools arrive to Cardiff

The programme is “one of the biggest single school Wi-Fi networks in Europe”.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Students and teachers in Cardiff will now have free access to Wi-Fi within schools thanks to a partnership between IT managed services firm Intrinsic and the city council.

Intrinsic has installed 3,000 access points alongside Cisco Meraki switches, load balancers and wireless LAN hardware across 126 local schools as part of a £2.6m project.

The network took 15 months to install and is expected to encourage remote learning, e-learning and support BYOD classes in schools.

Intrinsic also claims that the project is "one of the biggest single school Wi-Fi networks in Europe"

"Over 15 months we’ve installed Cisco Meraki switches, load balancers and wireless LAN hardware while making sure we improved economies of scale and reduced maintenance costs. The Council is now future-proofed to empower mobile and internet-based learning," said Intrinsic’s CTO Steve Browell.

Richard Clement, Cardiff City Council’s e-learning manager Richard Clement, added: "Through this project, schools in the Cardiff area are able to improve student engagement and motivation because they are able to learn in their own way, with access to the internet anywhere on school grounds.

"The schools themselves are benefiting from a whole host of new options for teaching processes, while extending their reach into the community."

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