NMU WiMax Award

Northern Michigan University’s WiMax wireless Internet system has won more recognition.

It has won the 2011 Acuta Award for Institutional Excellence in Information Communications Technology among mid–size institutions.

The award was presented during a conference and exhibition in Orlando, Florida.

Northern is the only university in the country to operate its own WiMax network.

NMU recently started lending some of its WiMax network to UMass-Dartmouth in Massachusetts for an on-campus network there.

The fourth–generation or 4G technology is capable of transferring data, voice and video at distances far beyond what is available with traditional WiFi.

NMU partnered with Intel, Motorola and Cisco Systems to launch the network in august 2009.

The coverage area has since expanded to roughly 40 square miles.

It gives students and faculty who live in Marquette and surrounding communities remote access to the NMU network.