Initiative provides nationwide access to real-time education
ZTE Corporation, the fastest growing global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced that it is to construct Ghana´s first distance learning network in cooperation with Cape Coast University, Ghana´s principal institute of education. Completion of the first phase of the network, built with ZTE´s mature ´EduStation´ distance learning solution, will use 27 network nodes to provide new educational opportunities to learners and students across Ghana´s 10 provinces.
As a pioneer of distance learning through multimedia, ZTE has been developing its EduStation solution since 1998. Easy interface and connection to operator services in Ghana will, for the first time, effectively extend the reach of the classroom to people who may not previously have had access to higher education.
"Following our agreement with Kasapa Telecom for the installation of Ghana´s first national CDMA2000 network, this important step represents yet another first for ZTE in the country," said Mr Zhang Peng, regional manager of ZTE, West Africa. "We are confident that this new network will help drive the growth, development and success of higher-learning across the whole of West Africa."
Underpinned by ZTE´s interactive multimedia video platform, media streaming technology, broadband digital communications and Internet network, EduStation is capable of providing both remote real-time, in-class lecture sessions and after-class content for daily educational needs.
With the potential to enable flexible and diversified applications, EduStation is an open standards solution designed specially for distance learning. In 2001, it was selected as the backbone for Egypt´s distance learning network. The network went live in 2003 covering 27 provinces with 33 nodes. In view of the network´s high performance levels, in 2005 ZTE was awarded with a contract for the second phase of the project involving installation of a further 110 nodes.
As the leading Chinese provider in multimedia communications, ZTE has constructed the majority of the video-conference backbone networks and remote education backbone networks in China. The company´s multimedia products have also been successfully exported to over 20 countries in the Middle East, South East Asia and Europe.
ZTE has applied for around ten national and international patents for its multimedia technology and has submitted more than twenty standards for international adoption including a standard for distance learning that has been applied by ITU´s telecommunication standardization sector, ITU-T.
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