Nottingham Trent combines Cisco and MS unified comms


Nottingham Trent combines Cisco and MS unified comms

Cliff Saran

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is to roll out a multi-million pound unified communications network to allow students to work from anywhere on the campus.

Cisco and Logicalis, a Gold Certified Partner, will build and rollout the cross-campus Cisco Unified Communications system to support 3000 IP phones.

David Swayne, IT director at NTU, said the system will allow students to work wherever they are on campus and wirelessly access all the university's resources online.

He said, "We will replace our PBX with Cisco Unified Communications, which will be integrated with Microsoft Exchange Office Communications Server."

NTU bought Cisco's Unified Workspace Licensing, which has allowed the university to procure a range of Cisco Unified Communications applications and services on a per-user basis.

David Swayne, IT Director at NTU,said, "By installing the Cisco Unified Communications system across the university, we now have a platform for our communications infrastructure to develop alongside the university."

When it is complete, Swayne said students and lecturers would be able to communicate via e-mail, instant messaging, VoIP and collaborate on online documents from anywhere.

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