Dramatic changes

Offering aspiring musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians a creative and stimulating environment in which to develop as artists and professionals, Milton Court is a state-of-the-art teaching and performance building and, as such, it requires the best possible network infrastructure for its staff, students and visitors.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s head of IT, Richard Antonel, was charged with overseeing the implementation of a network infrastructure that could provide the highest possible levels of performance and future proofing. The scope was to install a high specification structured cabling system that would last in excess of 25 years. The Guildhall decided to install 10Gb/s to every outlet. After carrying out research the school settled on the Brand-Rex 10GPlus Category 6A system would offer the best combination of value, reliability and longevity.

For this environment a shielded foil twisted pair (F/FTP) low smoke zero halogen (LSOH) cable was the most appropriate option due to the quantity of electrical services in the building that could cause electromagnetic interference (EMI). Over 150km of it was used to configure 2,000 10GBase-T channels and, in addition, singlemode (OS2) and multimode (OM4) optical fibre from the FibrePlus range has been used in the campus wide area network (WAN) and internal backbones respectively.

A truly converged multimedia environment, as well as running data, voice and video conferencing applications, the IT infrastructure at Milton Court has to be able to handle the many radio and TV broadcasts that will be made from the new facilities as well as supporting the Guildhall’s recording studios for sound and video.  

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