Claremont Colleges Consortium, Fiber Assessment
Communications upgrades connect students from seven colleges
The Claremont University Consortium (CUC) provides institutional support services for the seven Claremont Colleges. The CUC Telephone Office provides voice telephone and network connectivity services to the colleges, managing a network of twisted pair copper cables. The network originates in the CUC Telephone Office and is distributed throughout the seven colleges by underground pipe conduit. The problem was that their network of optical fiber cable overlayed the copper network, so they turned to us for a cable infrastructure assessment, recommendations for the VoIP switch copper replacement and cost estimates for fiber expansion.
The CUC needed to remove the copper cable to clear space in the conduit for the fiber expansion. The CUC also sought to renew its role in the central planning, management, and maintenance of the fiber network, since its role was not well defined at the time. The cable plant infrastructure assessment included: Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Claremont Graduate University and the Keck Graduate Institute. The infrastructure components included the physical inventory of inter-building pathways between the CUC Telephone Office and buildings on Claremont College campuses, and copper and fiber cable systems that support voice and data communications services.