Education charity CfBT Education Trust is to use a fully managed internet protocol virtual private network (IPVPN) to connect 30 UK and 150 worldwide sites.
The network, from Thus, will run voice and data, internet access and IP telephony for 1800 users over a multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) IPVPN. The network will allow staff to work remotely using mobile, Blackberry and 3G datacards.
The network will cut staff travel and internal communication costs. It will also improve management of network capacity and give greater visibility and control of telecoms costs.
Andrew Terry, head of ICT services at CfBT, said as the education charity operated in multiple locations, it needed a robust and efficient telecommunications systems. "The infrastructure Thus will provide will enable us to deliver education products and services more efficiently to our diverse workforce."
The trust provides education for public benefit in the UK and overseas. Its 2,500 staff support educational reform, teach, advise, research and train, design and deliver education services.