When the University of Westminster needs to connect new sites in the capital to support a dynamic learning environment.

The challenge

With a distinguished 178-year history, the University of Westminster is a diverse and dynamic international academic institution situated in the heart of London.

With a vibrant learning environment and a commitment to shaping the future of professional life, the University continues to attract more than 20,000 students from over 150 different nations.

The University has three campuses in London’s West End and another in Harrow. Many of its buildings are listed and required great care to ensure the visual appearance was not adversely affected by any work. As a result of a reorganisation, the University acquired a building on New Cavendish Street, which required the installation of over 1,300 data points. These needed to be linked via leased lines to one of the campuses – also on New Cavendish Street – as well as another site on Little Titchfield Street.

The outcome

SSE Enterprise Telecoms has been a preferred contractor for the University since 1997, undertaking all aspects of data installations from fibre and copper cabling, through to infrared and wireless links and cross site optical fibre installations. Thanks to its successful and established working relationship, the University called on SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ expertise for its latest network requirement; to link a newly acquired site with two of its campuses.

SSE Enterprise Telecoms was able to cost-effectively supply the University with new WAN links, by installing new duct and fibre between the two New Cavendish Street sites and the Little Titchfield site, creating its very own fibre ring which could then be managed and maintained directly by the University’s Information Services Department. The new links were installed in line with the refurbishment works of the new buildings. In addition to the implementation of the fibre ring, SSE Enterprise Telecoms installed a reactive call-out maintenance scheme, with a guaranteed four hour response time, to ensure continuity of the system.

About the University of Westminster

The University of Westminster continues to invest in its future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

It offers highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Its distinguished 178-year history has meant it leads the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and its position in the city of London allows it to continue to build on its close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the world of business, information technology, politics and law.

For more information, please visit www.westminster.ac.uk

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