4C Strategies has assisted Cardiff University in the undertaking of a competitive procurement exercise to find an IT Service Provider to redesign and deliver a new state-of-the-art network to replace the University’s current network provision. The wired and wireless network will provide access to staff and students across the University’s 300-plus buildings over the next 10 years.


Circle IT were successful in being awarded this contract.


This partnership deal will deliver:

  • Enhancements to data capacity, network resilience, Wi-Fi experience, security and new integrated technologies which will hugely benefit users.
  • One of the largest Wi-Fi network deployments in Europe encompassing thousands of wireless access points and hundreds of switches.
  • High-quality network access to support research and teaching activities.


The project will also include several key vendors chosen to deliver data centre networking, onboarding and other essential services.


David Edwards, Director of IT at Cardiff University, said: “As a leading global research University, and part of the Russell Group, it is vital that our network infrastructure enables this research and does not restrict or limit our ambitions. The new network will not only enable our first-class learning and teaching, but will be crucial in offering an excellent experience for our students, whether they are on campus or in a hall of residence. This deployment will underpin all of that, and is critical to what we hope to achieve in the next decade.”


Dave Mailer Director of 4C Strategies adds: “The importance in this project was that we put user requirements first. We spent a great deal of time working out what the end result should look like for staff and students, to make their experience as fulfilling as possible. From this, we then established the services and technologies needed to deliver the objectives.   It has been a pleasure working with Cardiff University and their legal advisors Blake Morgan to facilitate this project.  I wish both the University and Circle IT every success with the deployment phase which will bring it all to life.”


The new network will support the University’s IT in areas of growing technological demand such as e-learning and big data in research and innovation.


It will also accommodate new and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things to benefit the University’s teaching and research.


Cardiff University’s press release can be read here.


4C Strategies has extensive experience in developing and executing networking strategies for Universities throughout the UK. For further information, please contact 4C Strategies who will be happy to offer their expert advice. Please contact 4C Strategies on 01858 438938, or email webenquiries@4c.co.uk.