On September 5, 2012, Yale University’s wireless network had its busiest day ever. Here is a glance at that day, by the numbers:
34,700 Unique devices connected at some point during the day
15,900 Devices connected simultaneously at the peak
5,150 Access points as of April 2011
47% Increase in mobile devices connected to network since September 2011
15 Number of help tickets for wireless Internet submitted in preceding 30 days
Those numbers are stunning! As bandwidth needs increase on campus, IT departments are forced to think it terms of massive scale. Clearly, the team at Yale has done its job to meet demand, and they don’t shy away from it. On the Yale Information Technology Services website, they tell students to expect 100 percent coverage in Yale’s buildings.
In a 2011 presentation on their strategy for wireless, Yale’s IT staff said their mission is “to be recognized globally as the leading technology organization across universities, through rock-solid services, innovation, technology leadership and community satisfaction” and that they “strive to be world class.” The presentation outlines Yale’s strategy and is embedded below.