Optical LAN Trumps Copper To Meet College Student Bandwidth Demands

From using a plethora of devices to streaming HD video, college students are notorious for their high bandwidth demands. A recent study by Pew Internet found that more than 9 out of 10 college students are using broadband data services. More than 8 out of 10 students rely on multiple devices, connecting via cell phones, laptops and iPods.


These habits pose a major challenge for student housing LANs.


Elauwit, a leading campus housing service provider, solved this challenge. For 8 student housing projects that span 8 states, the company evaluated two LAN options: copper-based, active Ethernet LAN and passive Optical LAN.


Elauwit was familiar with copper-based LANs, but the provider found out that this technology was not designed with students’ future needs in mind.


To deliver RF video, Wi-Fi and ultra-high-speed Internet to college students, Elauwit selected Tellabs’ Optical LAN. Unlike copper, Optical LAN is purpose-built for high-capacity, high-performance LANs, such as student housing networks.


The university students who will reap the benefits of Optical LAN attend:


  • Clemson University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • James Madison University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Missouri-Columbia

As Elauwit’s CTO Taylor Jones noted, “College students expect great broadband data service, particularly in student housing. Tellabs’ Optical LAN enables us to deliver the bandwidth students need today and tomorrow, simplify our LAN deployments and lower overall LAN costs.”


For more details about how Optical LAN enabled Elauwit to meet its goals, check out the news release. If you’d like to learn more about how Optical LAN outperforms copper, visit our Optical LAN Solutions Page.