Ahmadu Bello University has built the largest optical fibre backbone network in Nigeria Prior to this the school ran a wireless network which was prone to interference and lightning surges. The long haul fibre link is a single-mode 96 core optical fibre cable and is used to link the three campuses. .
Ahmadu Bello University has also built its own Data Centre, a world class network operating centre located at the forma ABU Bookshop. The ABU Data Centre is probably the best of its kind in Nigeria and it very critical to the operations of the optical-fibre based network and provides the platform for up scaling the network and all the services that can be provided. It can house up to 34 (42U) racks and is fully equipped with fire suspension system, 30KVA back-up power supply and biometric and camera-based security system..
Cisco being a world leader in networking was an obvious choice of network devices. Two 6500 Switch series combined with various high capacity Cisco Campus Switches (such as Cisco 3750s and also the 2960s) have been deployed across the campus network. Additionally, Cisco Network Management and monitoring was also factored in using Cisco’s ACS Server appliance, as well as security firewalls to ensure protection of the campus all-round.
The deployment of the fibre infrastructure and an extensive LAN coverage throughout the campuses will open up opportunities to enhance teaching and teachers capacity to access multiple resources and use modem teaching aids in classrooms, labs and lecture halls..
Working in isolation is a thing of the past now, with the advantage of the internet and various collaboration tools staff and students can equally lay hands on academic materials, share knowledge and exchange ideas to further enhance learning experience.