(13 November 2014) eduroam – the worldwide single sign-on secure network which provides wifi connectivity access for education and research – reached more than 600,000 internet-enabled devices in the UK last month.
During October a total of 608,131 devices were successfully authenticated using the eduroam national infrastructure, which is managed through the Janet network provided by Jisc. This is in comparison to 487,437 devices in the previous month, and is almost double the amount year-on-year (337,109 in October 2013).
Over the last three years an exponential increase in the number of devices counted roaming between member organisations has resulted in this milestone being reached. It is a measure of just how many students, teachers and researchers are benefitting by being able to connect to eduroam networks away from their home organisations when travelling.
There are over 220 member organisations now providing eduroam in the UK. Membership includes 95 percent of higher education (HE) and 20 percent of further education (FE) institutions. Other public sector bodies that support education and research and local authorities, including almost 100 hospitals, participate in eduroam across the UK, and in addition there are thousands participating organisations overseas.
eduroam is widely available throughout the rest of Europe and in over 50 countries globally, including Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Singapore, Republic of China, Thailand.
The detailed press release has more.