Leicester College converges networks with Siemens

Leicester College will converge its data and voice networks across three campuses, using Siemens software.

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Leicester College will converge its data and voice networks across three campuses, using Siemens software.

The college, one of the ten largest in the UK, said that by using mobile convergence software, it would reduce mobile phone bills by up to 40 percent.

It will implement Siemens OpenScape Unified Communications Server, as well as Siemens HiPath IP software. It will also use HP ProCurve ethernet switches.

Two of the campuses recently began general refurbishment, creating an easy opportunity to make the IP upgrade, Leicester College said.

The initial benefits for end-users will be the ability to hotdesk, a new voicemail system for staff, and wireless access at its Abbey Park campus where wireless points have already been installed.

Staff will be equipped with Wifi phones, and as they roam between the campuses they will switch automatically between their telecom operators’ networks and the college’s VoIP network even while on calls, after the implementation of the HiPath Mobile Connect software. Leicester said this could provide cost savings of up to 40 percent against current mobile bills.

Paul Chapman, head of e-strategy at Leicester College, said that converging voice and data networks “will allow us to deploy VoIP, which is essential to our e-Strategy over the next five years”.

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