The University of Connecticut (UConn) is establishing a high-speed internet system across its regional campus in Stamford, which will make it one of the first schools in the US to have a dedicated 5G network.
In partnership with AT&T, the university will be spending $300,000 to build a 5G laboratory to support technology tools and innovation while accelerating academic research and programs.
The construction of the facility is expected to be finished by late summer of this year, and the high-speed internet system is scheduled to be operational when in-person classes recommence this fall semester.
“Our collaboration with AT&T helps make the University and the state stronger and enhances our focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and business partnership,” UConn President Thomas Katsouleas said.
“We are honored to work with AT&T to explore the future of 5G and MEC-powered innovations,” he added.
‘5G Network to Allow More Projects, Course Offerings’
With the promise of real-time, ultra-high bandwidth, UConn Stamford Director Terrence Cheng believes that the new system will open more projects and course offerings that were not previously possible.
He also pointed out that the 5G network will bolster the school’s capabilities to teach highly technical subjects such as graphics and systems development.
“This will expand our abilities to teach and create areas such as mobile applications, systems development, 3D graphics, wearable tech…” Cheng said. “There are so many different courses we can now offer.”
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont stated that having a fast internet connection is beneficial to the state’s economic future.
He also said the partnership of AT&T and UConn in setting up a dedicated 5G system can also unlock new economic development opportunities.
“5G is a real game-changer. Access to ultra-fast wireless speeds is critical to our economic future for business and residents of our state,” Lamont explained.
“The work with AT&T is another step in setting the groundwork for future capabilities that will help unlock new economic development opportunities for Connecticut and UConn Stamford,” he added.