Frustrated with slow and unreliable broadband in schools - You're not alone.
If you are a UK school frustrated with the speed or reliability of your internet – you’re not alone. The more time I spend in schools the more stories I hear about how slow or unreliable some UK broadband services are.
Whilst big improvements have been made to the UK infrastructure for broadband and Wi-Fi generally– not all providers are utilising this, and continue to supply a sub-standard service or fail to advise schools accordingly.
With the upsurge in mobile device usage, the introduction of BYOD and increased reliance on “the cloud”, broadband should be a top priority for schools wanting to move with the times and empower their staff and students.
Schools in general, especially primary schools have a difficult decision to make; whether to invest for the future in a full Leased Line or stick with broadband based (EoFTTC) technology. Whilst EoFTTC (Ethernet over Fibre To The Cabinet) gives a bigger bandwidth bang for buck, it is less dependable and has a more limited future upgrade path. If you’re faced with this dilemma, it is important you speak with a network specialist who has access to all the UK major networks, so they can review all bandwidth and price options and give unbiased advice.
If this wasn’t enough for schools to ponder over – adding in internet safety brings in a whole new challenge. The revised Keeping Children Safe in Education document, which came into force on 5th September 2016, includes specific actions that schools and colleges are required to take, in order to make their online safety DfE compliant as part of their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. (More on this to come in my next blog post)
After listening to schools and taking all the above points onboard, we have joined forces with an education specific broadband provider that not only can provide a RELIABLE and SAFE broadband service – but also at a very competitive price point, meaning schools are getting real VALUE for money.
Want to find out more? Check out our Educational Broadband page here…
Until next time…