The King Edmund School (KES), located in Rochford, Essex was designated one of the first Business and Enterprise Specialist Schools in the UK. The school is becoming increasingly well known for some of its great work in vocational training and teaching in science and business. Their strength as a provider of business education has long been recognised and they boast some of the finest facilities in the area. The 1,500 students also enjoy the many links they have with local, national and international businesses.
A Business and Enterprise school means that the State provides funding, then approach local businesses for further investment. Consequently, KES decided to dispose of their legacy analogue PBX which was proving costly to maintain and support, and deploy a new IP solution on their existing HP ProCurve LAN infrastructure (which was capable of delivering Voice over IP). They initially obtained quotes from three suppliers, including siptel, who were recommended to them through a referral. KES chose siptel to implement their new IP solution, based on their prior knowledge and expertise of IP technology.