Harlaxton College deploys IP network to cope with student numbers

The British campus of a US university has deployed a next-generation...

The British campus of a US university has deployed a next-generation IP network to cope with growing numbers of students.

Harlaxton College, the British campus of the University of Evansville in Indiana, is based at the Grade 1-listed Harlaxton Manor in Lincolnshire.

Harlaxton College wanted to upgrade its telephony network and needed a system that was scalable to meet the growing number of students and visitors.

It selected ntl:Telewest Business for its next generation network capabilities and experience in the education sector.

Ian Welsh, vice-principal for business and technology at Harlaxton, said: "We pride ourselves on the technology we use at the college and are always looking at ways to improve our ICT systems.

"The dedicated support and the can-do attitude from the ntl:Telewest Business team really demonstrated their expertise. The team answered all our technical questions honestly and saw through the challenges to provide us with a workable solution," added Ian Welsh.

The college will own the IP telephony equipment. The servicing will be managed by ntl:Telewest Business to ensure the day-to-day running of the system, as part of a three- to five-year contract.

Ntl:Telewest Business has also upgraded the college's internet connection and installed the technology to boost bandwidth speeds when needed.

Harlaxton college takes over 300 students each academic year from the US and over 1,000 people annually attend summer schools, short courses and conferences at the college.

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