Planned Upgrades

Campus Transitions to The State of Ohio’s 100Gbps Broadband Network


SSU completed the transition to Ohio’s ultra high-speed 100Gbps broadband network, on the evening of October 29, 2015. The goal for expansion of this State network to Portsmouth and SSU is to boost academic, research and economic initiatives in Ohio's southern Appalachian region, with a strong focus on the simulation and gaming programs at Shawnee State University.

The state’s tenfold upgrade in data transmission speeds for the system, known as OARnet, was initiated by Governor Kasich’s 100Gbps broadband initiative first announced in his 2012 State of the State address. This fiber optic network upgrade benefits research and job-creating assets state-wide and was the first-ever state-led initiative in the country designed to advance research and promote job growth.

SSU has worked to complete the necessary “last mile” fiber connectivity to the campus, enabling the build-out to Portsmouth, and OARnet has upgraded core equipment at SSU’s point of presence (POP) to complete this cut-over.

Project Scope

UIS and OH-TECH (Ohio Technology Consortium) engineers completed the physical cut-over to SSU’s POP located at PNC Bank on Chillicothe Street in Portsmouth, Ohio, allowing SSU to deliver 10Gbps WAN (internet) capacity to all academic buildings on the SSU campus. This effort completed a major milestone as part of SSU’s comprehensive 10Gbps network upgrade in progress. If you have any questions about this upgrade, please contact the UIS Help Desk at x3538.

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