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Wake Forest University to Transform Campus Communications

New Mobile Infrastructure Gives Students Information Access Anytime, Anywhere

ANAHEIM, CA - 04 Nov 2003: Addressing the explosive growth of cell phones, PDAs, Wi-Fi laptops and hand-held devices in use on campuses today, Wake Forest University is re-writing campus communications by providing a single mobile connection for students, faculty, staff, administrators and the larger community.

Wake Forest's strategy to converge its communications networks, which will be rolled out in conjunction with IBM Global Services, was announced today at the EDUCAUSE conference on information technology in higher education.

The Wake Forest program will provide high-quality cellular service to students with a wide range of devices and carriers. This expansion of service will provide better cell connections for students while enabling the university to recover network costs. In addition, the university will soon offer Voice over IP for cell phones, laptops and PDAs. By fall 2004, students with wirelessly connected mobile devices will be able to seamlessly access the university portal that includes the university directory, calendar and other essential student services.

"Wake Forest is focused on being a leader with respect to the use of technology in the academic enterprise. We believe that a new era of mobility is upon us, and we've asked IBM to help create a vision for the future of converged communications on campus," said Jay Dominick, Wake Forest's assistant vice president for information and chief information officer. "IBM is helping us reduce network costs while identifying new ways to serve both our campus and local communities with cellular and portal services. IBM is helping Wake Forest shape our technology future."

"Colleges and universities are facing enormous challenges in providing valuable mobility-related services to students and faculty. In these areas, IBM is uniquely positioned to help provide technology vision and solutions that bring transformation," said Norm Korey, vice president, wireless e-business, IBM Global Services. "IBM has the expertise and experience in education and voice/data technologies to deliver first-class communications and a converged business model for the future," said Mike Sisto, market development executive, IBM.

Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution in Winston-Salem, N.C., distinguished by expansive resources, outstanding academics and a commitment to liberal arts education. Wake Forest provides laptop computers and color printers to its students and has received national recognition for its use of computing technology to support the institution's core mission of face-to-face teaching and learning. Approximately 4,000 undergraduates and more than 2,200 graduate and professional school students attend Wake Forest, which is ranked 28th among the top national universities by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit www.wfu.edu.

IBM Global Services
IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services provider, with professionals serving customers in 160 countries and annual revenue of more than $36 billion (2002), or 45 percent of IBM's total annual revenue. IBM Global Services offers a broad range of capabilities -- consulting, IT services, hardware, software, research and financing -- to help companies of all sizes realize the full value of information technology. For more information, visit: www.ibm.com/services

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