ntl:Telewest Business Selected by University of Ulster

ntl:Telewest Business, the supplier of communications services to the public and private sectors, has been selected by the University of Ulster to provide a high speed Next Generation Network (NGN) across its entire organisation. The NGN will link all four of the university's campuses across Northern Ireland, as well as its online distance learning initiative, Campus One.

The one gigabit Metro Ethernet VPN will provide 26,500 students and staff with faster access to e-learning applications, the internet and high bandwidth Web 2.0 social networking applications. An increasing number of courses at the University rely on media rich content, with lectures available via video streaming, course notes delivered via the web and students accessing virtual online worlds such as Second Life for its Digital Games Development Computing degree course.

The University will also run video conferencing, administration systems, and IP Telephony over the network helping it to facilitate closer scientific collaboration amongst academic staff and students.

Additionally, with students increasingly choosing where they study based on factors such as speed of internet access, the new network helps recruit new students.

With bandwidth needs doubling every year to eighteen months, the University of Ulster required a higher capacity network to replace its existing saturated 100 Mb links. This enables it to support more diverse applications, reduce latency and ensure that teachers, researchers and students benefit from the highest quality online experience.

ntl:Telewest Business had an existing five year framework agreement for network supply with the University, which runs until September 2010, making it the natural choice to implement the new high speed network. ntl:Telewest Business was originally selected due to its advanced, reliable Next Generation Network (NGN), local presence, return on investment and collaborative, service-led mindset.

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