Colleges can benefit from flexible bandwidth
Posted by Elaine Bellamy on 12/02 at 10:00 AM Education, Internet connectivity,
Colleges can benefit from flexible bandwidth

Further education (FE) colleges have a decision to make. With the Government cutting funding to their current connectivity provider, these colleges will have to start paying for their Janet and eduroam services from August this year.


College connectivity provider Jisc will have to charge between £15,000 and £100,000 for services they previously enjoyed free of charge. Understandably, colleges have never had to seek out an alternative connectivity provider before, but now they need to.


They can continue to pay Jisc for the same service but could there be something better or more cost-effective out there?


We have been working with our connectivity partner Virtual1 to create a leased line education solution that flexes with use. So rather than paying for their term time bandwidth requirements throughout the year, accommodating spikes in internet use, e.g. exam results days, colleges can use variable bandwidth to suit their needs.


Colleges typically pay for their top bandwidth rate for the entire year but will never fully utilise their bandwidth for the other 364 days.


Our flexible service also means colleges won’t be paying for bandwidth they don’t need outside the 40 weeks of the year when teachers and students are on site and accessing learning resources while administration staff use it for email, banking, messaging services and much more.


Our service provides:

  • 1Gbps and 10Gpbs internet connections
  • Access to 100% of the bandwidth colleges pay for
  • SD-WAN networking solutions to link sites
  • Ability to run SIP, video and cloud applications at the same time


We also understand a college internet service is not the same as one that serves a business. Educational establishments need content filtering to protect their students and staff, plus security against web-borne threats.


As discussed in our blog, Colleges need to take responsibility for their own cyber security, there were an average of 12 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks per week against colleges in the UK in the first three months of 2018, representing an increase of 27% compared with the same period last year, with twice as many colleges being hit.


With just six months left on the current Jisc agreement, FE colleges should start looking now at their options. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need our advice.

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Elaine Bellamy on 12/02/2019

Elaine has worked with us since 2013 and has risen to the heady heights of cloud and connectivity team leader.

She is responsible for looking after our existing customer user base and migrating potential new customers to our fixed lines, SIP, mobiles and Internet services, as well as Wi-Fi and filtering.

Before joining us, Elaine worked in customer service environment for 12 years. Elaine enjoys spending time with her family wandering the beaches of south Devon, interior design and is a keen follower of current fashion trends.

Contact: elaine.bellamy@swcomms.co.uk

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