Columbus State Upgrading Fiber Network on Main Campus

COLUMBUS, Ga. —  Crews will work throughout Columbus State's main campus over the next two months to expand CSU’s fiber optic network, making the university's computing network and wireless services more reliable and making possible future growth.

Construction began Monday, March 11 and is scheduled to be completed by May. The work will involve trenching and boring between buildings for new conduit, and installing new access points in several areas around campus.

To create redundancy in the CSU network, several campus buildings will have fiber entering on one side and exiting on the other side. That means those buildings — University Hall, Richards Hall, Schwob Library, University Police and the Center for Commerce and Technology — also will have construction activities happening within the building.

University Information and Technology Services will communicate with departments within the affected buildings as to when work will occur. None of the work should cause any service disruptions, and the work is scheduled to minimize classroom disruptions, UITS representatives said.

The $1 million project is one phase of a $2 million infrastructure improvement project funded by the state in 2011. This project has allowed UITS to upgrade and enhance the campus data center inside the Center for Commerce and Technology, expand the wireless network around campus and consolidate servers to allow for better maintenance, easier expansion, improved performance and a reduction in electrical usage.

With funding, future work will add more wireless access points, increase CSU’s wireless network speed and expand CSU's fiber network to student housing.

For more information, contact project manager Jay Knape or CSU's chief information officer, Abraham George, at 706-507-8199.

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