Tuesday, 20 March 2012

DfE Guidance for Schools on Broadband

The DfE have just published advice for schools to help them when looking to buy a broadband service.

Click here to read the full article. There is reference from the Department to make certain schools have broadband provison for using  technologies such as Videoconferencing ( see below):

''... A good educational broadband service will have consistent and sufficient bandwidth.

Download speeds of a 100Mbps for Secondary Schools and 10Mbps for Primary schools typically meet the needs of most schools and enable them take advantage of future developments, though this may vary from school to school.

a. Where possible, schools will benefit from purchasing uncontended, symmetrical connections without data limits. ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) services are contended (bandwidth typically shared between 20 - 50 establishments), asymmetric (download greater than upload speed) and may not support simultaneous access to the internet by large numbers of devices or allow fast access to media-rich services such as videoconferencing or cloud applications.

b. If using a broadband link for audio and video traffic, ask about quality of service (‘QoS’) and ‘low latency’ (‘jitter’), which are required to ensure good performance....''

The NEN will soon be publising further information for schools regarding broadband provision.


  1. Research and development facilities and schools, in my opinion, should be among the top priorities for high speed internet access.

  2. This is a very great way to teach especially for those who are in areas far from town.