London colleges to get £11.3m next-generation network

London Metropolitan Network, which connects higher and further education colleges across the capital, has signed an £11.3m contract with Thus to deliver a next-generation telecommunications infrastructure.

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London Metropolitan Network, which connects higher and further education colleges across the capital, has signed an £11.3m contract with Thus to deliver a next-generation telecommunications infrastructure.

The next-generation network – dubbed LMN3 – will provide a high capacity, highly resilient network connecting 137 colleges across London. The network will be used by more than 1 million students for online collaboration and research projects.

Procurement manager Andrew Kerl said LMN3 was being built to accommodate an expected growth in the number of connected educational institutions and deliver the higher bandwidth needed to support resaerch and collaboration. “With this new network, London will have a carrier class network that is fit for purpose to carry it into the second decade of the 21st century," he said.

LMN3 will have an optical core delivering multiple 10Gbps channels, with the flexibility to increase capacity to 80Gbps to meet demand at short notice without the need for downtime. Colleges will be linked to the network via 1Gbps Ethernet connections. But seven key sites with more demanding research applications will use 10Gbps connections.

London Metropolitan Network will use LMN3 to support applications including remote data storage, email filtering and access to JANET, the UK's education and research network.

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