UK's Largest Wireless LAN Built with Trapeze Smart Mobile, Serving More Than 35,000 Users

Cardiff University WLAN to Cover 66 Buildings Across Three Square Miles

PLEASANTON, Calif., June 26 / / - .Trapeze Networks(R), the award-winning provider of Smart Mobile(TM) wireless solutions, today announced that Cardiff University is deploying its Smart Mobile technology in the United Kingdom's largest wireless local area network (WLAN) to date. The contract to build the multi-campus-wide network was awarded to authorized Trapeze channel partner RM, the leading supplier of information and communication technology solutions to the UK education market.

The Smart Mobile wireless network will cover 66 buildings across three square miles. It will include more than 1,300 access points, serving 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and visiting guests. The university's goal is to ensure maximum wireless coverage by expanding the existing wireless capability for the whole Cathays campus and outlying peripheral sites. In addition, the WLAN must help realize the goals of the Modern Working Environment project that is the core of the university's Information Services Strategy for the future.

"We want to enhance the wireless networking service as much as possible to improve the user's experience and ensure the service is as robust and resilient as possible with the least amount of effort for ongoing management," said Anthony Cope, IT Manager, Cardiff University.

"We are delighted to be working with the IT team at Cardiff University to provide a comprehensive networking solution," said Brian Andrews of RM. "The complexity of the site means we had to design and build a wireless network for buildings of diverse design and structure that would be world class, fully scalable and provide networking services to varying types of wireless devices."

Ease of support and troubleshooting were major considerations when designing the network. The university needed a centralized network management platform that would allow it to plan for full capacity at times when the campus is densely populated, as well as maintain a high quality of service, while minimizing the time and effort required from the IT staff. Trapeze's RingMaster(R) management platform was chosen because of its ease of use.

"Building such a large wireless network demonstrates the demand for fully scalable wireless networks is out there and showcases our technology," said Alistair Mutch, Director of UK and Ireland for Trapeze Networks. "RingMaster pulls everything that this wireless network service offers together. It allows the administrator to configure, control and monitor all the devices and users on the network at the click of a button."

About Trapeze Networks

Trapeze Networks delivers Smart Mobile(TM) - a ground-breaking approach to wireless networking, enabling organizations to deploy massively scalable mobile applications that leverage their existing infrastructure. Smart Mobile achieves this breakthrough by introducing intelligent switching, the first and only WLAN architecture that optimizes network traffic based on the underlying application. With Smart Mobile intelligent switching, organizations can support the most demanding next generation wireless applications such as toll-quality voice over WLAN for thousands of users, seamless indoor/outdoor mobility, and high-speed networks based on 802.11n - all without requiring expensive forklift upgrades. Trapeze Networks is well-capitalized, with strategic investments from networking industry leaders including Juniper Networks, Motorola, and Nortel Networks. Founded in March 2002, Trapeze is headquartered in Pleasanton, California, with operations in Europe, Japan, and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please visit

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