Purdue and Verizon partner to bring 4G to campus

Purdue hopes to explore new ways to use 4G in the classroom.

Purdue University will join the 38 major metropolitan areas and more than 60 commercial airports that Verizon plans to cover in the first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution Network, which should result in many new opportunities to use smart phones and other mobile devices as learning tools, observers say.

“The reason that we chose Purdue University is because they are already using wireless technology in very innovative ways,” said Verizon representative Michelle Gilbert. “We thought they would be a great partner to really embrace this kind of technology and help move it forward,” Gilbert said.

“Generally in these kinds of technologies where the vendor is looking at subscribers per cubit, we’re about a third tier or fourth tier market,” said Scott Ksander, Purdue’s executive director of networks and security. “Other than the Indianapolis Airport we’re the only other spot in Indiana [that will be covered.] That’s a pretty big acknowledgment by Verizon that we might have something to offer and we’re really excited about that.”…Read More

Purdue chosen for Verizon 4G rollout

Verizon Wireless has announced that Purdue University will be one of 38 locations across the United States chosen for the rollout of its first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution network, reports the Journal and Courier of Lafayette, Ind. Available by the end of the year, the inclusion of Purdue to the new high-speed cellular network continues the innovations in learning and technology taking place at the campus. “The decision to launch [4G service] on Purdue’s campus is based on the university’s proven track record with using mobile technology to enhance higher learning,” said John Granby, president of the Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan region of Verizon Wireless. “The opportunities that our 4G network offers businesses and higher education are limitless. Our partnership with Purdue will explore the next phase of how 4G technology can improve education across our nation.” Sixty commercial airports across the country also will be involved in the network, according to the announcement made by Verizon president and chief operating officer Lowell McAdam at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications conference in San Francisco Oct. 6…

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