Pilot Begins for Faster 5G Broadband Wireless Internet at Howard

Howard University is partnering with Samsung Electronics America and Amdocs to pilot 5G broadband wireless internet access on campus, a program that delivers faster and more secure campus-wide connectivity for students, faculty, and staff.

Currently being piloted at College Hall North and South, the network provides a private CBRS network for users that creates optimal 5G connectivity.

The upgrades are part of the University’s strategic commitment to improving efficiency and effectiveness, and recent surveying of student residents in the complex indicates high levels of reliability and satisfaction with the new network. Howard partnered with two small businesses, Matek Inc. and WAZ Wireless, for installation and testing of the network equipment.

“The Samsung and Amdocs solution has provided our end users with a reliable and sustainable solution for both CBRS and WiFi connectivity,” said Jahmal Cue, Howard University senior network and infrastructure manager. “The deployment was on schedule and supported the various ‘use cases’ on the campus. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Samsung and Amdocs to expand the network.”

“Amdocs and Samsung’s private network solution has provided Howard University with a resilient wireless solution to augment the main campus WiFi network, providing a platform to support Howard University’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for internet and wireless connectivity,” said Olga Osaghae, Howard University interim chief information officer.

The Howard University Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) network, when fully implemented by Fall 2022 will provide a carrier-grade private wireless network for main campus outdoor areas, Howard-managed residence halls, the Louis Stokes Health Science Library, Undergraduate Library, and select high-priority buildings.

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