Luton Borough Council has optimised its wide area network to improve connectivity and productivity among workers and schoolchildren.
The council went to ntl:Telewest Business to link the council’s town centre buildings with local schools and other outlying council buildings.
As a result, remote council offices have secure broadband access on the council network, while schools and students also have reliable broadband access to the council’s Luton Learning Grid.
Tim Jeffs, network and communications manager at Luton Borough Council, said, “Government education targets were a great spur to improve the communication abilities of both our school and council buildings. We now have a highly efficient broadband network across the borough.”
The Ethernet-based virtual private network provided by ntl:Telewest Business has enabled the council to migrate small sites away from legacy technologies, which were difficult to administer, had limited scalability and were expensive to maintain.
Optimised Ethernet is being increasingly used to support WANs, and is seen as more scalable and flexible compared to ageing technologies like ATM and Frame Relay.
The implementation also means that more than 80 schools across Luton are connected to the Luton Learning Grid, so students can take advantage of bandwidth ranging from 2-10mbps. Teachers can also collaborate with colleagues across multiple sites using technologies such as video-conferencing.