Networking & Wireless
Pittsburgh Public Schools Upgrades to Fiber Optic Network
Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) is
implementing fiber optic broadband infrastructure to all of its schools and
PPS owns thousands of iPads for student use. To support the devices, the
district runs batch file downloads at the end of each school day. The process
requires 3-to-4 gigabits of bandwidth between each school back and the
district's data center. With the district's previous network, which split one
gigabit of bandwidth between 10 schools, that process caused a significant
According to Scott Gutowski, chief of information and technology for PPS,
the district wanted to "increase the speed of our data network between all of
our sites, while reducing costs," so students could use iPads and other devices
to access online educational resources without the constraints of limited
The district selected Fibertech
Networks as the provider for the new network, which will consist of a 10
gigabit Ethernet network from Fibertech to all 61 Pittsburgh Public Schools
sites and terminating at the PPS Data Center. Fibertech will also provide a 10
gigabit ring with 1 gigabit of dedicated Internet access to its data center.
Fibertech will use its existing 480-mile fiber optic network in Pittsburgh and
build lateral fiber optic connections to each PPS site using converged packet
optical and packet networking solutions from Ciena.
"The network will allow us to efficiently and effectively serve the IT and
communications requirements of our administration, faculty and students between
our facilities," said Gutowski in a prepared statement.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.