Meru Networks has claimed the honours of installing Europe's first campus installation of 802.11n Wi-Fi technology. Espergærde School in Denmark will start installing Meru kit this month for a project that should be complete before the end of 2007.

According to Meru, the growing population of teachers and students at Espergærde relies on mobile access to high-bandwidth multimedia applications as part of its curriculum, said Meru. The institution's existing wireless network can't support these, according to the vendor.

The new campus-wide 802.11n wireless network will provide greater speeds, capacity and performance than the current wireless network, up to a claimed 300Mbit/sec, compared to the school's current 54Mbit/sec WLAN, or the 100Mbit/sec speeds provided by most broadband cable services, reckoned Meru.

Integrator Iteo A/S and distributor LEBA Innovation A/S are supplying the new network, which consists of Meru Networks AP300 access points and controllers.

According to Meru, access points don't have to be planned according to radio channels but can be situated where needed, which means network performance can be scaled as desired.

"We believe it is critical to provide our students with the latest in technology to improve their overall educational experience," said Jens Per Nielsen, principal of Espergærde High School. "Computers and wireless have long been part of instruction at Espergærde. The new Meru 802.11n network provides the speeds, capacity and performance necessary for today's educational applications, as well as ease in scalability to meet future needs."

"We're thrilled that Espergaerde school selected Meru Networks for the first 802.11n deployment in Europe. Wireless technologies have the potential to improve the educational experience. The Meru system provides the speed and performance requirements necessary for Espergaerde to use cutting-edge technology for teaching and learning, providing their students and faculty with a significant competitive edge," said Meru's northern and eastern Europe VP Bo Ericson.