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Do the Campus, Sprint!

Telecom giant Sprint yesterday announced that it has signed a multiyear, multimillion dollar agreement with Ohio's Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to provide that institution with an upgraded communications infrastructure, including a WLAN.

Sprint and Cisco Systems announced a collaborative agreement in December, 2001 and CWRU will utilize infrastructure provided by the companies to build-out its wired and wireless campus networks.

CWRU will deploy a Cisco switched Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop solution across the entire campus. CWRU will turn to Sprint to deploy a Cisco, combined 802.11a+b solution, designed with laptop and other mobile users in mind.

The move by Sprint is indicative of the growing trend among telecoms to expand their services to include wireless LAN products.

Matthew Peretz is Managing Editor of 802.11-Planet.com