CNM to Be First College Campus with 10 GB Per-Second Wireless Network

The blazing speed will be provided by OptiPulse, an Albuquerque startup founded by CNM graduate John Joseph
CNM to Be First College Campus with 10 GB Per-Second Wireless Network
John Joseph, founder of OptiPulse

Sep 28, 2018

In January, CNM students in—or in-between—the JS Building and Student Resource Center on Main Campus will have a unique opportunity. Using both class computers and personal devices, they’ll be able to tap into the first 10 gigabyte per second (GBPS) wireless network on a college campus. That 10 GBPS connectivity will provide upload and download speeds somewhere around 1 GBPS, or up to 100 times faster than a regular wireless network.

All that speed is thanks to OptiPulse, an Albuquerque startup founded by former Sandia National Labs scientist John Joseph, who graduated from CNM (then-TVI) in 1980 with an associate degree in Laser Electro Optics.

Instead of using fiber-optic cables, OptiPulse uses an array of lasers that speed up delivery and cut overall costs. The CNM installation is a pilot project, but one that could expand to the rest of our campuses, and then beyond.

CNM decided to partner with John and his company for many reasons, the most important being that faster data speeds will provide new, cutting-edge opportunities for students.

“The impact for education is huge” says Feng Hou, CNM’s Chief Information Officer. “The increased speed will be an enabler for all kinds of new immersive and interactive kinds of learning that incorporate emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D-rendering, and holographic displays.”

A prototype OptiPulse system.
A prototype OptiPulse system.

Beyond the pilot program, CNM Ingenuity also decided to make a small equity investment in OptiPulse because it saw the long-term potential of this new technology. Kyle Lee, the Chief Executive Officer of Ingenuity, says the business is not only poised to revolutionize how the internet is delivered, but it could also be an important pipeline for CNM students.

“If their product indeed comes to light, we have the opportunity to create a training program as part of the partnership where CNM can provided highly-qualified candidates in all the various fields they’ll need from marketing to installation,” Kyle says.

For John, who invented the technology, the long-term goal is to create a network across the country that disrupts how the internet is delivered. He wants everyone to have fast and reliable access to the internet, just like most people have fast and reliable access to electricity.

“We believe that the network should ultimately function like a utility,” he says. “We’re not in this to make a ton of money. We’re in this to change the current paradigm.”