The demand for broadband from the education sector is generating good business for the channel as universities and colleges upgrade to multifaceted IP networks.
Systems integrator Logical UK has completed a network upgrade at the Bolton Institute of Higher Education as the organisation replaces its legacy network.
Darragh Richardson, director of marketing at Logical UK, explained that the network has lead to an increase in demand as organisations attempt to harness the benefits of broadband connections received through the SuperJANET (Joint Academic Network) national educational network.
"It is in the interest of big educational organisations to build big internal networks to take advantage of the broadband connection provided by SuperJANET," he said.
Universities receive a connection to the network but must build their own internal networks to take best advantage of it.
Richardson pointed out that resellers are essential in supporting universities with their multi-vendor, multi-product skills.
"Most of the universities that we are talking to are not interested in receiving a one-off project and want a multi-year relationship with the integrator," he said. "This ensures long-term support."
Logical has installed a high-speed network infrastructure based on Cisco products, with a three-year maintenance and support package.
Over 7,000 students will have access to services such as IP telephony, video streaming, IP multicast applications and IP TV in the future.
Ruth Jenkinson, dean of learning support and development at the Bolton Institute, confirmed the importance of independent IT support.
"We are delighted that this project has been able to draw on the technical expertise of Logical and the skills of the Bolton Institute's Networking and Systems Team in achieving such exceptional project outcomes," she.
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