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The Network Transformation Initiative

The Next Gen² Network initiative is designed to reshape the wired, wireless, and cloud-enterprise network on UW-Madison’s campus to be responsive to our instructional, research, business, and operational needs. This initiative consists of a group of key networking projects, teams, and investments working to ensure a secure, responsive campus network.

Why Next Gen² Network matters…

Seamless connectivity, invisible to users across campus

As we increase the ease and simplicity of connectivity across the network, you will have a seamless user experience no matter where you are on campus or what you need to do.

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Responsive to changing research and instructional needs

Future investments in the networking infrastructure will increase the flexibility, speed and security of our networks in support of UW-Madison's teaching and research missions.

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  • Next Gen² Network End of Year Update, 2020

    The Next Gen² Network (NG²N) discovery initiative is designed to create a business-relevant network strategy that will ensure the wired, wireless, wide area, and cloud-enterprise network on UW-Madison’s campus are responsive to our current and …

  • Join us for a Virtual Discovery Session

    If you were unable to attend one of the discovery sessions held across campus in January, please join us for a virtual Next Gen² Network discovery session. RSVP now March 2, 2:30-3:30pm Webex Meeting Number …

  • Next Gen² Network Discovery Exercise Updates

    Charged with ensuring UW-Madison’s computer network is responsive to our instructional, research, business and operational needs, the Next Gen² Network team continues to meet with various audiences collecting information about needs and trends in network usage.

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