New Mexico College to Provide 5G Wireless Access to Students
To offer this amenity to students, the college partnered with OptiPulse, a startup company founded by alumnus John Joseph, to use laser technology to provide a 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) wireless network. The wireless network created using this technology is up to 100 times faster than a regular network.
The company uses laser-array devices which speed up the 5G cellular network deployment, cut costs and are greener than other 5G efforts. Currently in a testing phase, the devices are expected to be ready to transmit high-speed wireless data to students on campus beginning in mid-June.
College officials say that the use of the new technology will bring affordable, high-speed internet to an underserved population and open doors to expand learning opportunities related to augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D-rendering and holographic displays to students.
“Springing from CNM’s commitment to use our technology on campus, we’re attracting resources to accelerate our fast-to-market plan,” Mathis Shinnick, OptiPulse CEO, said.
CNM Ingenuity, the college’s 501(c)3 enterprise arm, made a small investment in OptiPulse in the past. In the future, if OptiPulse products hit the market, Central New Mexico Community College plans on creating a training program where CNM would train the technicians who would install OptiPulse devices.