Merchant Taylors’ School implements new high speed broadband Ethernet service from Equinox
Leading independent school Merchant Taylors’ School (MTS) has gone live with a 100Mbps Broadband Ethernet service provided by Equinox Converged Solutions, the broadband specialists to the education and public sector. The implementation will mean that MTS will be the first independent school in the UK with a 100Mbps high speed broadband connection.
Founded in 1561, MTS prides itself in setting high standards in all aspects of education for over 500 years. The school is already a pioneer in the use of ICT in the classroom through the extensive use of language labs, video conferencing, internet streaming and web based educational content as an integral part of increased pupil engagement and self-motivated learning and exploration programmes.
MTS wanted a broadband solution that would support its evolving IT infrastructure and extend the creativity of the school’s teaching into the digital dimension, but that would be easy to manage.
The installation of the new high speed connection will improve the operational efficiency of the ICT infrastructure, for example enabling pupils to download video news reports from around the world for translation purposes. Equinox will maintain MTS’ fully managed suite of services, including website filtering, email and virus scanning and web hosting.
Head Master Jon Gabitass comments, “We chose to work with Equinox based on the organisation’s understanding of and expertise in the education sector. In the 21st century, e-learning is a must however a balance must be made between giving pupils the freedom to explore and research using the internet, protecting them from accessing inappropriate material, keeping the IT infrastructure up-to-date with latest developments and of course controlling costs. Equinox will enable us to achieve all of this. By managing all aspects of the broadband connection, Equinox will take on the technical support responsibility, leaving us free to ensure that our pupils get the most out of the extended resources broadband will bring to them and support our dynamic e-learning strategy.”
MTS joins a further 73 percent of London schools which have broadband access via Equinox’s state of the art fibre network.
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About Equinox Converged Solutions, Ltd.
Equinox operates a major fibre optic metropolitan area network in London, designed for education and learning communities. The network extends across the capital, giving wide coverage of the Greater London area. Customers include 33 London Local Education Authorities, 9 London Boroughs and more than 50 libraries, Independent schools and other educational and public sector establishments.
Equinox provide high capacity broadband connections and a wide range of managed services to the education and public sector, including Local Area Networking, Wide Area Networking, internet services, enhanced managed telephony and unified messaging. The company has around 100 employees and is headquartered in Farnborough, Hampshire. www.equinoxsolutions.com
About Merchant Taylors’ School
Merchant Taylors’ is recognised as one of the strongest academic schools in the country. Results are achieved in a civilised and humane atmosphere, in which criticism is tempered with warm encouragement and an interest in each boy’s development in and out of the classroom. The School’s aim is to encourage talented boys to achieve the very best that lies within them, in an atmosphere in which they can enjoy their work and not feel fiercely pressured. Recent achievements include recognition by the Institute of Biology as “top science school 2004”, 3rd position amongst boys’ schools in the Financial Times League Table, being named Sony’s “Digital Centre of Excellence” in the UK for the school’s use of ICT in Modern Languages and a “Toshiba Mobile Centre of Excellence for its innovative use of laptops.
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