Assessing Education Network Bandwidth Needs Amid Uncertainty

Today’s uncertain environment has amplified the typical challenges faced by operators of education networks, from K-12 all the way to advanced university programs. One of these challenges is bandwidth planning. How much is enough? What is the right balance between maintaining a suitable level of excess capacity and wasting your limited budget? When is the right time for a full network upgrade? This article explains how Champion ONE can help, both with our hands-on process and the solutions we offer.

Tackling the Challenge Together

The entire process starts with a deep understanding of your network challenge, and the underlying causes. Our consultative approach starts with getting to know your network environment and objectives. Armed with that information, our experts will present and explain the options available to you that might help you overcome the identified challenge. Your needs, not our product line, drive the process.

For example, if you need to add bandwidth, but aren’t certain how much you’ll need in the future, you may be interested in exploring passive WDM solution. Our experts will first explore your network—physical geography, fiber capacity, and network architecture— to show you how to maximize performance and fiber availability while minimizing signal loss along the way. Often, during this design stage, our customers realize, for example, they could optimize their network further with a single fiber (bi-directional) passive solution. It will also identify any links where amplification and/or dispersion compensation may be needed.

Next, they will help you choose the right channel plan and filter size for today (since you can always expand your channel plan with a larger filter in the future with minimal disruption, should you need it). This particular approach to problem solving can give you much needed flexibility in your bandwidth capacity at a budget-friendly price, with expert guidance every step of the way.

DIR Availability

For education network operators in Texas and neighboring states, Champion ONE offers a wide range of solutions on our DIR contract. For more information on what’s available and how to order visit www.championone.com/dir.

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