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Laurier increases Internet connection tenfold

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Sep 4/13| For Immediate Release


Ken Boyd, Director, ICT Solutions
Wilfrid Laurier University
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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications and Public Affairs
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WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has increased its outbound Internet connection on the Waterloo campus from one gigabyte to 10 gigabytes, a tenfold increase that matches its existing inbound capacity.

The improvement will provide students, faculty and staff with a superior Internet experience, especially when sending large files during peak periods.

“This is part of our proactive approach to IT planning,” said Ken Boyd, Laurier’s director of ICT Solutions. “We were occasionally bumping up against the one gigabyte limit and we wanted to get out ahead of the issue. Our users should now experience a smoother connection, especially students in our residence buildings.”

The improvement was implemented with the assistance of the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION), a high-speed fibre-optic network that connects the Laurier network to the university’s Internet provider, Cogent Communications.

ORION is a non-profit organization that exclusively supports research and education in Ontario. It provides high-speed connectivity to its member institutions, linking them to each other and to a global grid of research and education networks.


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