Evolving Networks Helps Kimbolton School Keep Pace with 21st Century Schooling

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Set in rural Cambridgeshire, Kimbolton School is a co-educational day and boarding school, with 950 pupils aged between four to 18. Its technology and infrastructure requirements are very different to a decade ago.

Today it must deal with an increasing online user population of over 1000 users, all with high expectations. There is an expanding variety and volume of online content being consumed by students and teachers alike. Lessons need to be available for download, it must facilitate a heavy usage of iPads and other devices, and it must provide live media streaming.

The need 

The school requires reliable, fast application performance at all times, and therefore wanted to improve its internet connectivity to meet staff and pupils’ modern day downloading requirements. Particularly during lessons, where substantial downloads were often required.

In common with schools everywhere, Kimbolton School is careful with its resources. A challenging budget had been set for its equally challenging requirements. Evolving Networks provided the required solution within the set budgetary limits, both in the initial purchase and at each successive upgrade.

The history 

Kimbolton School has been relying on Evolving Networks since 2011, when it first approached the company for solutions to improve resilience and bandwidth in its internet connection. The initial solution was a 4x Bonded ADSL Max connection, delivering around 24mbps download, upgraded to ADSL 2+ in May 2012, when this technology became available.

Increasing download bandwidth to 70mbps, the upgrade was delivered with no increase in charges, no change to the school’s IP address and zero downtime. In January 2014 the school upgraded again, this time to an 8x Bonded ADSL connection, taking download bandwidth to around 125mbps, to support increasing iPad usage.

The solution 

In October 2015, with FTTC now available, a further upgrade saw the school moving to an 8x Bonded FTTC connection, delivering more than 400Mbps download and approximately 100Mbps upload bandwidth.

The 8x Bonded FTTC connection, not only delivered high bandwidth capacity, but also enhanced resilience. Quality of Service (QoS) and bandwidth amplification accelerated web browsing and downloads, whilst also ensuring services critical to the school, such as VoIP, are prioritised.

The results 

Today, substantial bandwidth supports the online working of all pupils and staff via iPads, as well as a variety of online learning environments.

“As Kimbolton School’s needs for bandwidth and resilience have grown, Evolving Networks’ bonded connectivity solutions have kept pace, ensuring the school’s internet connection always has the capacity and capability to meet the expectations of large numbers of demanding users browsing the web, streaming live media and making downloads,” comments Nick Johnson, CEO, Evolving Networks.

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