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The Cloud signs campus-wide WiFi deal with Aston University

Paul Withers
March 16, 2015

Free internet connectivity available across the 40 acre campus in Birmingham, which the university claims puts it ahead of the competition

The Cloud has signed a deal with Aston University for free WiFi to be rolled out across its 40 acre campus.

The service, which will work alongside existing staff and student WiFi, can be used by all guests and visitors to the Birmingham university and will be available in locations across the entire campus including the sports centre.

It will enable them to access the internet for free and enable visitors attending an open day to access the Aston University app.

To connect to the WiFi, guests choose ‘The Cloud’ WiFi option and register and once this has been completed, they will be able to connect to any of the provider’s 22,000 UK hotspots, 300 of which are located in Birmingham.

The Cloud commercial director Roger Matthews said: “Having worked with a number of universities providing WiFi to their guests, the most common request we have is to ensure there is connectivity across the whole campus. We worked closely with Aston to provide this in the most efficient way possible – in this case we overlaid our service onto the university’s extensive wireless infrastructure.”

Aston University IT technical director Trevor Bayliss added: “Prospective students are increasingly looking for added value from the university they choose and we want to ensure from the first time they step on campus they feel welcome and at home. Offering services such as free WiFi is the kind of thing that puts us ahead of the competition.”

The Cloud has over 12 million registered users connecting for over 2.6 million minutes a month at locations such as Marks & Spencer, JD Weatherspoon, Pizza Express, Caffe Nero, Eat and mainline train stations.

Some eight million people pass through The Cloud network every day by visiting one of its partners, including WHSmith, Greggs, Pret and Wagamama, as well as First Great Western and Abellio Greater Anglia stations.

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