Global WAN Upgrade

About This Project


Webster University recognized that there was not enough network bandwidth to utilize new technologies. The initial network was implemented in the late 1990s to 2000 and does not meet today's needs. An 18-month investigation plus vendor review and selection resulted in selecting AT&T as the vendor of choice to help resolve the problem.

Webster University and AT&T have signed a 5 year contract for Global Wide Area Network (WAN) and other managed services to implement new Global WAN connections to provide a constant reliable level of services and enable the implementation of additional services like video conferencing to enable the University's mission, vision and goal.

Recent Updates - November 7, 2013

Currently, the Global WAN Redesign Project is 59.5% complete. Out of 71 sites total, all of them have been surveyed and 69 have had their circuits ordered. Ten out of the 13 sites that initially needed construction have been renovated.

Next steps include finishing remediation work at sites in preparation for AT&T- installing cabinets and internal cabling where needed, working with AT&T to continue cut-over sites, configuring St. Louis Internet circuit into EAB and facilitating technical discussions with International sites to coordinate work.

Project Benefits

  • Increased bandwidth and faster Internet speeds
  • Monitoring portal to provide comprehensive network management and screening
  • Additional Web security
  • New video service capabilities
  • Network based firewall enables secure access of Webster network

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Site Installation Plan

View all sites included in the upgrade grouped by priority.

Project Timeline

The Global WAN project kicked off with a University-wide Town Hall on June 13, 2013. Completion of the project is expected by October 31, although final wrap-up of some sites might extend to December 31. Click the diagram below to review significant project milestones.

GWAN Timeline