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London PSN delivering Wi-Fi and VoIP to 2,000 schools

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013 by Paul France
Wi-Fi and VoIP to be delivered to 2,000 London schools through public services network

A public services network will provide 2,000 London schools with wireless connectivity and VoIP access.

Hundreds of London schools are to benefit from a brand new Wi-Fi service and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) connectivity via a public services network (PSN) delivered by Virgin Media Business and London Grid for Learning (LGfL).

Launched in 2011, the London PSN was initially used to provide schools across the capital with high-speed broadband access, allowing more than one million students in the city to make use of faster internet services.

Now that this goal has been achieved, the LGfL has begun using the same core network to offer secure VoIP and Wi-Fi to around 2,000 schools.

The benefits of wireless internet access in schools were highlighted by a recent study from the E-Learning Foundation, which warned that children were being prevented from utilising digital educational tools due to limited availability of Wi-Fi connectivity.

To take advantage of the Wi-Fi service, schools simply need to purchase the required number of wireless access points, as other required technology is centrally hosted in the LGfL network.

Jeff Wollen, executive director of public sector at Virgin Media Business, said: "Sharing services isn't just about reducing costs and improving services, but allowing different departments and organisations to use technology to work together more effectively."

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