While most K-12 students in Texas are officially on summer break, CommScope is going back to school. Well, not in the true sense, but we’ll be working on campuses across the entire Mesquite Independent School District (ISD) in Dallas County.

More than 37,000 students attend Mesquite ISD during the school year, making it one of the largest school districts in the state. A special bond election a few years ago helped fund construction projects to address growth in the district and renovate some of the aging facilities. For CommScope’s part, we’ll be installing an end-to-end network infrastructure solution featuring our SYSTIMAX® product line of structured cabling.

Once the deployment is complete, it will support data, video, a VoIP phone system, the wireless infrastructure, building management and security for a whopping 32 elementary schools, eight middle schools, five high schools and an alternative education campus.

Mesquite ISD isn’t the only educational institution we’re working with. CommScope has a healthy roster of primary, secondary and higher education customers around the world. Many of them are challenged with budget constraints while needing to provide instructors and students with the advanced networking and technology tools conducive to learning today and providing a sound education for tomorrow. That’s one reason they’re so selective in choosing an infrastructure partner – they have to invest in a company whose solution will benefit them now and many years down the road.

Take a look at some of the other schools and universities who are relying on us to tackle mission-critical, high bandwidth and emerging applications.




What sort of technology capabilities would you like to see in the classroom or even for learning beyond traditional school walls?


About the Author

Shawn Kordes

Shawn Kordes is regional vice president, Southern region for the Enterprise solutions division of CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. He is responsible for leading the field sales team in the Southern region for Enterprise. Mr. Kordes joined CommScope in 2005 as national account manager. He subsequently served as director of major accounts and channel sales, then as NAR channel vice president before assuming his current position. Prior to joining CommScope, Mr. Kordes worked at Pirelli Cables North America until 1998. His positions ranged from regional marketing leader in the Energy Division to product manager in the Communications Division. He then spent seven years at Hitachi Cable Manchester as regional account manager, where he was responsible for managing the sales and marketing activity for over one third of the US market. For the last few years with Hitachi, Mr. Kordes was also responsible for managing the relationship with the largest distributor partner in North America. Mr. Kordes was named CommScope’s NAR Channel Champion in 2006 and 2007, and Coach of the Year in 2010. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1993 with a BS in Business Administration. Mr. Kordes currently lives in Lexington, South Carolina with his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Bree and Riley.

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