Largest IP telephony deployment will bring students and academics closer

What's being described by its instigators as one of the largest deployments of IP telephony in the education field has been announced by the University of Cambridge

Technology partners BT and Cisco, and the University's IT consultancy partner, PTS Consulting, will deliver around 20,000 IP telephony handsets to the University over the next 18 months.

The new system will meet the communications requirements of 17,000 users spread over 200 institutions. It aims at enabling better collaboration between students through the deployment of a converged voice, video and data network.

Also, students and academics will be able to use instant messaging, voice emails, streaming video to share ideas in real-time, from anywhere in the world, explains Dr Ian Lewis, director of the University's Computing Service.

"Cambridge is keen to attract and retain the very best students and researchers - part of that involves providing thoroughly modern facilities that reflect our forward-looking relationship with technology," Lewis adds.
www.cam.ac.uk, www.bt.com/aboutbt, www.cisco.com, www.pts-consultinggroup.com

Image: The new IP telephony system at University of Cambridge will meet the communications requirements of 17,000 users spread over 200 institutions

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