One of the barriers to implementing technology effectively is internet connectivity. Without the right connection to the building, education institutions will be unable to reap the potential benefits of technology. If you are using a local authority broadband service you could be missing out on a super fast FTTC service provided by ISP’s such as Virgin. Over recent years there has been a huge change in performance and availability for these services which means that schools can achieve the speeds they need without spending a fortune on an expensive lease line option.
According to data from Ofcom, there are at least 500 schools in areas in England struggling with slow connections to the building, with around 100 of these in areas with average download speeds as low as 1-2Mbps. This connection speed prevents teachers from streaming video content without buffering, from working collaboratively with online tools or from moving storage solutions to the cloud.
Ensuring fibre connectivity to the building is just the first step. The actual internet speed experienced is also affected by the technology and Wi-Fi arrangements in place within institutions. With the growing number of devices in schools, the demand for robust and reliable local networking and high-speed Wi-Fi is greater than ever before. We know that schools can struggle with the interruption to teaching and the wasted time caused by buffering and slow upload, download and login times that accompany poorly implemented local networking and Wi-Fi.
Our broad range of knowledge could assist your school with improving and getting the best service for your needs, from an initial discussion through to surveying for infrastructure requirements including data points and POE capabilities and establishing best location and quantity of access points.
If you’d like to find out more, get in contact with our friendly team who will be happy to help.