Malaysia's Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) has signed a five-year contract worth RM14.25 million (US$4.67 million) to local ISP provider JARING, which is to upgrade the university's communications infrastructure.
JARING chairman/acting chief executive officer Datuk Dr Md Khir bin Abdul Rahman said the Internet access at UPSI will be upgraded from the current 155Mbps (megabits per second) to 1Gbps (gigabits per second), which will make it a "benchmark for other universities in terms of JARING Secured Infrastructure."
Md Khir said that under the agreement, UPSI would be able to maximise a wide range of communications services provided by JARING such as the My015 IP Telephony, Data Recovery Centre, wi-fi at students' residence and cloud computing services which now hosts the university's e-learning platform.
"Our partnership with UPSI was established as early as 1998 when JARING was given the contract to provide a 2Mbps LL Internet access to the university and this was followed by additional tasks to upgrade the access capacity," he said.
"We are honoured to be able to fulfil the vision of the university which had planned its IT infrastructure systematically to meet the current and future IT demands. As a result of this, UPSI is currently well-connected via the Net and its 25,000 population is able to operate in a full and efficient IT environment," said Md Khir.
"In addition, in line with the current levels of technology, JARING is also providing UPSI with a comprehensive wi-fi coverage which now allows mobility of usage campus-wide through various mobility tools such as smartphones, tablets, pads and notebooks," he said. "The wi-fi services were implemented since 2006 and is now being gradually enhanced to allow more access points and to encourage Internet-based learning. A new contract for another 15 years has been awarded to ensure the improvement of the wi-fi coverage."
UPSI has two main campuses: the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah campus in Tanjung Malim and the Sultan Azlan Shah campus located in Proton City, which is about 5km away from the former campus. The communications technology offered by JARING is expected to encourage more VOIP interactions between the two campuses due to its lower subscription as compared to the market rate.
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