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DSL enables Angus College to improve working practices

ALLnet, the Cable & Wireless network infrastructure services group, today announced the completion of an agreement with Scottish educational institution Angus College to deploy DSL links between its five campuses in order to provide higher bandwidth for improved communication, administration and online educational programmes.

Angus College specialises in multimedia and video production courses that rely heavily on a technology infrastructure. In consequence, the college needs reliable and affordable high-bandwidth links to support its curriculum.

The main campus is located in Arbroath, with four smaller campuses some distance away in Montrose, Forfar, Brechin and Kiriemuir. Improving the communication links between these sites was a key objective for the college. The student body includes a larger than average number of part-time and mature students who rely heavily upon the college intranet for standard course information in order to maximise their personal contact time with tutors and lecturers.

John Clayton, IT Manager, Angus College, said, “The DSL deployment allows us to provide leading edge technology to our students and ensure fast, effective communication between students, lecturers and support staff. We were impressed with ALLnet in terms of the speed of deployment and how cost-effective the deal has proved to be.”

The implementation took only one month from the initial talks to complete deployment.

ALLnet provided Symmetrical Digital Subscriber Lines (SDSL) that met all the college’s requirements. There are many types of DSL technology, however SDSL was the technology of choice over ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line) for a number of reasons:

• It is available at all UK telephone exchanges, not just BT enabled ones;
• It offers a common transmission rate for both upstream and downstream paths;
• It works at distances of up to five miles of the exchange, which is further than ADSL;
• It is well suited to business applications which require a more cost effective short distance alternative to conventional leased line circuits;
• It connects to a private network and therefore provides a more secure connection.

Ian Burnley, Group Managing Director, ALLnet, added, “SDSL technology is playing an important part in helping us deliver solutions which meet our customers’ objective to drive down the cost of their network infrastructure. SDSL also enables our customers to keep up with the rapid changes in technology which will deliver wider business benefits going forward.”

About ALLnet

ALLnet is a leader in the supply of Information & Communications Technology services to business customers in the UK and Ireland. Founded in 2002, the company is the result of the merger of six Cable & Wireless systems integrators – Grant & Taylor, BTN, ML Integration, ML Careline, Cable & Wireless Systems Integration Ireland and ALLnet. The company employs more than 500 experienced staff based in twelve locations throughout the UK and Ireland. Its services include local and wide area networks, voice communications systems, IP telephony, IT security, structured cabling and a range of professional and outsourced managed services. With combined revenues of £80m (EUR 120m) in the financial year 2001/02, ALLnet has the scale, resources and reach needed to deliver continued business growth. ALLnet Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cable and Wireless plc. For more information about ALLnet, please visit www.allnet.co.uk


About Angus College

Angus College is located in the heart of Angus in the picturesque coastal town of Arbroath. The College has a history of steady growth since its establishment in 1957. Currently around 7,500 students and trainees (over 1600 full-time students) enrol annually and around 80% of these achieve the qualifications for which they enrol. The College currently employs over 320 staff annually, (212 full-time equivalent (FTE)), of whom 112 (FTE) are lecturers and 100 (FTE) are support staff.

In April 1993 the College achieved corporate status and is now independently managed with responsibility for all staff and resources. The Board of Management is responsible for the overall management of the College and, as a corporate body, is employer for all staff. The College is also a registered charity. For more information see www.angus.ac.uk

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