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Abingdon Learning Trust Case Study

Leased Lines and Backup Broadband

How Tel Group worked with Abingdon Learning Trust (ALT) to provide Leased Lines and Backup Broadband across the schools within the MAT.

THE CLIENT

Abingdon Learning Trust comprises of 3 schools based within the Oxfordshire area: Rush Common School, John Mason School and Fitzharrys School.

Their purpose is to be a force for educational change so that children, staff and the wider communities can learn and live better, thriving now and for the future.

One of their 3 missions is to secure maximum value and impact from our resources working together to make a greater contribution for the good of all young people, the economy and communities.

THE SITUATION

ALT wanted to move away from their incumbent connectivity supplier, to a supplier that is able to accommodate the increased technological demands of their schools.

Fitzharrys School was the first school to reach their contract expiry date in 2021 and so the Trust utilised the enFrame Framework, which Tel Group are part of, to asses their connectivity supplier options.

Abingdon Learning Trust Case Study - Leased Lines and Back Up Broadband for Schools

THE RESULT

After assessing and understanding of the requirements of Abingdon Learning Trust, Tel Group won the individual leased line connection for Fitzharrys School via the enFrame Framework in 2021. 

On the initial contract, Tel Group had supplied a 1GB/1GB leased line as the main connection with a SOGEA 80/20 as the backup connection. 

As part of this contract, Tel Group had provided an interim project management consultancy as the Trust were looking to acquire an MSP which we now know to be Sweethaven. 

Since then, Tel Group have established a strong relationship with Sweethaven, and went on to install the leased line connection and backup connection to Rush Common School which is scheduled to be completed in December 2023. 

Tel Group will look to install the leased line to the final school, John Mason, in 2024. In addition, there are also plans in place for us to supply the VOIP Telephony System to all of the schools across the trust, as well as ALT HQ.

enFrame Framework for Education - Abingdon Learning Trust Tender for Backup Broadband and Leased Lines

The enFrame Framework

There are several lots on the enFrame ICT Framework but namely, Lot 11 is related to the WAN provisions. This lot is for customers procuring broadband and leased line connectivity, wireless based WAN connectivity, mobile broadband, and redundancy and backup broadband.

It includes hosted services like secure remote connectivity, upstream filtering and firewalling, MPLS/SDWAN, and failover services, and safeguarding and security (e.g. on-premises firewalls and content filtering).

Tel Group are one of the suppliers on this lot.

“enFrame’s ICT Framework has taken a huge burden from our shoulders, ensuring that we have been able to secure a great supplier who fits our needs, with the procurement assurances that the framework provides. The framework is responsive and adaptable, and enFrame themselves have been thoroughly professional and listened carefully to what we needed, keeping us in the loop throughout . We are very pleased with the whole process and would recommend the enFrame ICT Framework unreservedly.” Fiona Hammans – CEO Abingdon Learning Trust
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