Northern Lights College celebrated today the upgrade of their network, having moved to their own dedicated BCNET network.
“Now we have our own dedicated bandwidth to deliver services to all of our students on all of our campuses,” says Anndra Graff, vice president of finance and corporate services for NLC. “[Before] we shared PLNet with others in the north and had limited bandwidth, we had significant network congestion, impacting video conferencing and wireless access.”
The switch went into effect in July.
“It is a big deal and it opens the access, so it just makes it a lot easier, we can increase our video conferencing classes, we were limited to how many we could run at a certain time period due to bandwidth, and now we’re able to open that up,” explains Graff.
“It’s pretty substantial,” says Bala Kathiresan, president and CEO of BCNET. “In some campuses, they’re seeing a tenfold increase in the speed, in other campuses, it’s about fivefold.
“[It] will enable the college to fully leverage the teaching, learning, and research potential.”
Graff also noted the college upgraded all of its existing IT infrastructure on all campuses.
“We actually have the largest geographic region of any postsecondary institution in BC. A round trip to all sites is 3,500 km, so we rely heavily on our IT infrastructure.”