Growing and Changing Needs of
China's Education Sector Networks
In 1H 2008, China's education sector networking
equipment spend reached 1.12 billion Yuan, and by the end of 2008, CCID
Consulting projects spending to reach 2.19 billion Yuan. In 2007, education
sector networking equipment spend reached 1.98 billion Yuan, up 10.61% over
In recent years, the Chinese government has announced a
number of policies and measures designed to bolster China's educational IT
infrastructure, which include those for distance learning, primary schools,
secondary education, “school communications” projects, IT standardization,
higher education campus networking, IT education, and others.
Despite significant progress in education sector IT
adoption and implementation, China's education sector continued in 1H08 to
upgrade existing networks and to keep up with technology advances.
- In higher education, campus network build-outs are being
completed which would drive less network equipment purchases, but this
factor is balanced by the push towards applications, which spurs network
upgrades and purchases to keep up.
- China's general adult education segment had a late start
on IT and network adoption, so network implementation has been on a small
scale. Low-end networking equipment will grow to fill that need.
- Vocational schools have enjoyed increased enrollment. As a
result, their existing network infrastructure has been unable to support
their growth, and their demand will help drive network equipment growth.
Vendors target products to education sub-sectors.
As demand for education sub-sectors differ, so are
vendors' product positioning. For example, leading vendor
H3C has launched a series of
solutions and promotions targeted specifically towards higher education,
general adult education, and vocational schools.
Rujie Networks, with its experience in
network construction, launched an overall solutions approach focused
specifically in higher education.
Wireless LAN (WLAN) is the new and much needed focus
for higher education campus networks.
The number of physical LAN access points across China's
college campuses is simply not keeping up with burgeoning student
enrollment. Increasing physical access points have been difficult due to
existing layouts of classrooms, libraries, and other student gathering
areas. Many campus buildings have historical value, further limiting options
of more cabling and physical access points. WLAN overcomes these physical
barriers, and also offers much better costing.
Vendors are competing more on wireless campus network
construction and upgrades. H3C was the first vendor to offer its “Adaptive
Wireless Campus” solution, which can build upon existing networking
infrastructures, and expand them into a seamless indoor/outdoor wireless
network with unified management capability.
Cisco has also responded similarly, especially with wireless solutions
implemented in the dormitories. Rujie Networks offers solutions that
increases wireless access points with no needed changes to existing physical
The increasing importance of security.
China's education institutions, as they become more
sophisticated with their networks and applications, are increasingly
contending with viruses in all its various forms and malicious attacks.
Institutions are concerned with keeping the integrity of their campus
information systems and databases, and realize the importance of security.
Vendors are also recognizing this need. From a network
equipment and solutions perspective, only Cisco and H3C in China have strong
competitive offerings by virtue of their technological advantages.
In summary, China's education sector is providing new and
changing market opportunities for vendors. However, as network adoption has
been fast and changing, vendors will need to understand the specific needs
of education sub-sectors and large institutions.
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