£6m wireless network boost for 33,000 at Ulster University campuses

Announcing Ulster University's £6 million digital infrastructure upgrade are (from left) Terence Nicholl, UU head of infrastructure and operations; Patricia Graham, service manager at eir evo UK; and Steven Grimason, business development director for healthcare & higher education at eir evo UK. Picture: Phil Smyth
Gary McDonald

UPWARDS of 30,000 staff and students across four campuses at Ulster University are to benefit from new state-of-the-art internet technology.

The university has successfully completed a £6 million digital infrastructure upgrade in a partnership with telecoms and IT provider eir evo UK, underpinning its reputation as one of the best universities in the UK for wifi and internet services.

Recently named among the top 30 UK universities by The Guardian, UU enjoys a growing national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement, as well as its contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of the region.

And the investment with eir evo UK has helped to break its way into StudentCrowd’s Top 20 league of universities for best wireless networks and internet for the first time at number six.

That's well ahead of the likes of Aberdeen, St Andrews, Portsmouth, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, Warwick and Dundee.

Some 33,000 staff and students in Belfast, Coleraine, Derry and Jordanstown sports village will enjoy the benefits of ubiquitous super fast wireless connectivity including secure high-speed access anywhere to their education roaming network and supporting digital services including cyber security and media studies.

“This ground-breaking investment is crucial to enable a new level of interconnectivity across all our campuses in delivering ubiquitous and secure internet access right across our estate,” said UU's head of infrastructure and operations Terence Nicholl.

Eir evo has recently invested more than £10 million upgrading its regional carrier fibre network across Northern Ireland, bringing the total investment in its core fibre network to £28 million in the past 15 years.