[caption id="attachment_37573" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Sinha said UMD's network refresh would be finished in 2014."][/caption]

When the first University of Maryland (UMD) students came to campus with web-accessible phones, Tripti Sinha knew it wasn’t a fad. The university network needed an upgrade, and quickly.

So Sinha, the research university’s director of networking and telecommunications services, along with a team of the campus’s IT experts, set out on a five-year “network refresh” that would do more than just let students and faculty use the internet on their smart phones.

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