The University of South Africa (UNISA), the country’s premier distance and open learning institution, has chosen Huawei’s CloudCampus Solution to transform its main campus, Muckleneuk Campus, located in Pretoria.
Leveraging Huawei’s advanced networking technology, the CloudCampus Solution incorporates switches, routers, wireless access points, and a comprehensive network management platform, establishing a robust, high-speed, and secure network infrastructure.
With the deployment of Huawei’s CloudCampus Solution, UNISA achieves full Wi-Fi 6 coverage across 30 campuses, deploying more than 2500 access points. This advancement ensures high bandwidth, low latency, and extensive concurrency, enabling seamless internet access for both teachers and students. UNISA utilizes this enhanced connectivity to facilitate hybrid education through the ODeL distance education platform, promoting a blend of online and offline learning experiences.
UNISA further optimizes its network operations and management using iMaster NCE-CampusInsight, a sophisticated campus network analyzer. This tool leverages real-time telemetry and employs big data analytics and machine learning algorithms to monitor network behavior and identify fault patterns. Through this proactive approach, UNISA ensures efficient device management and resource allocation, preventing wastage of critical system resources.
The integration of Huawei’s CloudCampus Solution creates an intelligent and future-proof network architecture, seamlessly converging wired and wireless capabilities. UNISA benefits from ultra-high performance, massive data throughput, and a full-stack of open network devices, allowing for continuous network evolution and service upgrades. Moreover, the centralized network management system significantly improves operational efficiency, reducing operational expenditure (OPEX) by approximately 80 percent and minimizing training costs for technical personnel.
UNISA is committed to digital transformation in both teaching and administration, focusing on elevating the quality and effectiveness of its educational offerings. The collaboration with Huawei represents a strategic step in this direction, empowering UNISA with a technologically advanced smart campus solution. UNISA now stands poised for sustained growth and enhancement of the overall learning and research experience.