Cisco Boosts Enterprise Wi-Fi Speeds to Meet Growth of Video Streaming and User Mobility With Next-Generation Wireless

Cisco Boosts Enterprise Wi-Fi Speeds to Meet Growth of Video Streaming and User 
Mobility With Next-Generation Wireless Networking 
The Methodist Hospital System and University of New South Wales
(UNSW) are First Customers in the World to Adopt Faster 802.11ac
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/30/13 --  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)
today announced new products based on the next-generation 802.11ac
wireless networking standard that offer data transfer speeds of up to
one gigabit per second -- fast enough to download significant amounts
of Web content and run streaming video simultaneously. The new
products, which are already being adopted around the world by
hospitals, universities, law firms and other organizations, will
enable businesses to more easily support the growing number of
devices connected to their wireless networks and the high performance
of high-bandwidth applications, such as HD streaming video, Web
conferencing, and data backup and transfers.  
The 802.11ac standard and Cisco's new product offerings arrive at a
time when businesses are becoming increasingly complex and placing
intense bandwidth demands on the network, caused by the growing
number of employee-owned mobile devices. These demands will only
increase, and by 2017, as mobile network connection speeds increase,
the average bit rate of content accessed through the mobile network
will increase. High-definition video will be more prevalent, and the
proportion of streamed content as compared to side-loaded content is
also expected to increase with average mobile network connection
speed, according to Cisco research.  
Operating in the 5GHz range, 802.11ac allows customers to provide end
users with greater speeds and access to more bandwidth-intensive
applications. Cisco's field-upgradeable modules help ensure high
performance for connected users and also extend the battery life of
mobile devices.  
The Methodist Hospital System and the University of New South Wales
(UNSW) are early adopters of Cisco's 802.11ac products. Methodist is
Houston's third largest health system and listed among U.S. News
World and Report's best hospitals, and UNSW is a leading Australian
research and teaching university. Both organizations wanted to
accommodate mobile devices in greater quantity and provide them with
better performance. After deploying Cisco's 802.11n products and with
plans to further upgrade their networks to .11ac, these customers can
now provide the capacity required to support the growing influx of
personal devices from employees, doctors, students, faculty and
New 802.11ac Product Highlights  

--  The industry's first enterprise-class 802.11ac Access Point - The
    802.11ac Wave 1 Module for the Cisco Aironet(R) 3600 Series,
    announced in October 2012, is available now and shipping to select
    customers. This module supports Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1.3Gbps and
    delivers extraordinary investment protection and wireless network
    leadership -- allowing customers to decide when and where to deploy
    wireless today and cost-effectively migrate to the high capacity
    802.11ac Wi-Fi standard in the future.
--  Support for 802.11ac Wave 2 Module - Cisco's aggressive plans include
    future versions of the Cisco Aironet(R) 3600 Series field upgrade
    module to support the second part of the 802.11ac standard Wave 2,
    which includes MU-MIMO for switchlike performance in a wireless
    environment and higher bandwidth support via additional spatial
    streams and channels.

Supporting Quotes 
 Chris Spain, vice president of product marketing,
Wireless Networking Group, Cisco 
 "We are continuing our leadership
in the market with this rollout of 802.11ac offerings and are
positioned to change the landscape for enterprise-class network
infrastructure. We are in a new era of the digital lifestyle and our
customers are looking to increase employee productivity for those
working on their mobile devices, by supporting the higher bandwidth
applications popular amongst these users. Cisco's new 802.11ac
modules will support devices now operating on this standard while
more effectively utilizing spectrum in the workplace." 
Armand Stansel, director of IT Infrastructure Services, the Methodist
Hospital System 
 "Our team is dedicated to finding ways to use
technology to improve staff operations and create an efficient
workflow to treat patients faster, all the while decreasing costs.
Implementing a WLAN infrastructure has provided us with reliable and
predictable wireless connectivity. We're looking ahead to upgrade to
802.11ac to advance the use of mobile devices in our environment,
including video collaboration for viewing remote operations,
real-time medical imaging and medical device connectivity in the
hospital. Now, it is easier to manage the multiple mobile devices
used by staff, patients and doctors, so we can stay focused on
enriching our healthcare operations and patient care." 
Greg Sawyer, manager of Communications Services, University of New
South Wales 
 "We are seeing a widespread adoption of Wi-Fi enabled
devices used in teaching -- up to 21,000 concurrent devices on the
network. Students are requiring faster, more efficient and reliable
wireless connectivity. We deployed the Cisco 3600 Access Point and
module, which has helped us to reach our goal of meeting the
increasing bandwidth requirements of the students while providing an
overall better classroom and education experience." 
Supporting Customers and Resources 

--  Learn more about The Methodist Hospital System
--  Read more here University of New South Wales
--  Learn about Cisco's Mobility Product Portfolio
--  Learn more about Cisco Mobility: Enabling mobile experience, your way
--  For more information about Cisco's wireless networking and service
    provider news and activities visit the Cisco Mobility Blog and follow
    us on Twitter @Cisco_Mobility

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