Cisco & GigaWave to Provide Hotspot Specialization

By Eric Griffith

January 22, 2003

Network giant Cisco has come up with a new program for recognizing channel partners with hotspots; GigaWave will provide the training needed.

Cisco Systems is introducing a new specialization recognizing its channel partners that have "expertise and experience in planning, design and implementation services for solutions that provide high-speed access in public areas." In other words, Cisco partners who specialize in building Wi-Fi hotspots with Cisco Aironet equipment and receive the proper training can get the Cisco Public Access Specialization.

A Public Access Specialization partner should in theory be able to provide everything to a venue from high-speed Internet access to billing, marketing help via sign-in Web pages, and more. More than just for public access, hotspots can also be set up for use in schools, medical facilities, the hospitality industry, and into the enterprise.

The Cisco training courses required cover multiple personal at the partner company -- there are three jobs (account manager, system engineer and field engineer) that must be filled, with at least two people (one person can have dual jobs). Each job requires separate Cisco training courses and requirements:

  • Systems engineer must have a Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) certification and pass the Building Broadband Service Manager (BBSM) Exam (#9E0-811), Long Range Ethernet (LRE) Exam (#9E0-821), and the Wireless LAN for SE Exam (#9E0-576). The System engineer is responsible for the design of the network.
  • Field engineer must have a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and pass the BBSM Exam, LRE Exam, and Wireless LAN for FE Exam (#9E0-581). Field engineers implement the hotspot and support users and administrators.
  • Account manager must pass the Public Access Exam for AMs v1.0 (#SEO-293); this person takes care of sales and marketing.

Longtime Cisco training partner GigaWave Technologies will be, according to Rebecca Kopplin, director of marketing & communications at GigaWave, "the only training company providing education on this new specialization." GigaWave has posted classes for registration beginning in Atlanta March 18-21, with others to follow in San Antonio, TX; San Jose, CA; and Lisle, IL. The cost of the specialization courses is $1950. GigaWave is currently the only Cisco partner delivering courses on BBSM and LRE in the United States.

GigaWave recently announced plans to incorporate software from Birdstep Technologies of Oslo, Norway, which allows seamless roaming on a WLAN using a singal subnet and IP address, in its Cisco Mobile IP training. The new course will be available for signups sometime this quarter. Like most of GigaWave's classes it will come in both self-paced e-learning and traditional classroom-based, instructor-led versions

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