Schools Broadband provides broadband and internet connectivity packages specifically for the education sector. It is an expert in e-safety and work with partners including Fortinet, which provides network security, and Lightspeed, which provides web content filtering.
The company works with a number of wholesale providers so that it can offer the best possible broadband connection speed and quality at a price suited to a school’s budget. Among Schools Broadband services are dedicated fibre optic leased lines. These are designed for secondary and large primary schools and run directly to a school without contention with other schools. Less expensive options that are popular among primary schools include Ethernet over fibre to the cabinet and slightly older fibre to the cabinet technology.
While the cost and availability of Schools Broadband services is necessarily influenced by geography and the general provision of broadband in a particular area, an average secondary school can expect to pay around £10,995 a year for a dedicated 200Mbit line. Primary schools are likely to pay in the region of about £4,000 a year for an uncontended line.
Schools Broadband has a data centre in the Canary Wharf area and another in Hayes in west London, which means London schools are likely to be no more than 25 kilometres away from one of the data centres. While this may be good news for London schools, Schools Broadband puts a great deal of effort into providing quality services for schools wherever their location and whatever their budget.
Review by Mark Kelly, ICT for Education