The University of Salford has signed a 20-year deal with ntl Business to deploy an IP telephony solution and a Wide Area Network that links over 30 university buildings at speeds of 1GB and above.
The £10m deal includes a partnership agreement that will see ntl and the university develop pioneering new systems for the university and the wider community.
As part of the same contract, ntl is responsible for the university’s entire inbound and outbound voice services on ntl’s National Telecommunications Group (NTG) educational tariff.
Tony Lewis, Salford’s Director of Information Services said, "In today's education sector, providing the best possible opportunities to students, staff and the local community requires a robust technical infrastructure and sophisticated communication technologies.
“An ambitious migration project is underway that will utilise dark-fibre cable and will provide voice over IP telephony to the desktop of around 3,000 staff.”
Ntl, which already supports high-speed data communications for the University, will implement a Cisco-based infrastructure.