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£15m partnership deal for Circle IT

Following a competitive procurement exercise, Circle IT and Cardiff University have announced a £15 million partnership deal that will see a radical overhaul of the University’s network infrastructure and support services over the next ten years.

The partnership will bring state-of-the-art wired and wireless network access across the University’s 300 plus building campus – for staff and students alike – in what will be one of the largest Wi-Fi network deployments in Europe to date, encompassing some 11,000 wireless access points and over 1,000 switches. The project will be completed in a co-sourced environment with several key vendors chosen to deliver datacentre networking, onboarding and other essential services. Circle IT will provide the complete solution that enables these services and underpins the entire project.

The new network will support the University’s technological growth and accommodate new and existing technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. Once live, staff and students will benefit from major enhancements in data capacity, network resilience and experience, security and new integrated technologies.

The £15million project will take ten years, including a three year roll out period and an additional seven years of support from Circle IT.