LGfL rolls out supercharge bandwidth to schools for Pledge 2020

The project is estimated to increase bandwidth for the charity’s 3000 member schools by 200%.

This will allow access to cloud computing, 4k streaming and virtual reality for students and teachers.

Also included for Pledge 2020 is GridStore, a secure disaster recovery service. This can be used to back school work up in the event of a crash or any other disaster.

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Secondary schools will be offered 100 GB of storage, while primary schools will receive 50GB.

“This, we believe will create one of the world’s fastest educational networks and place LGfL schools at the forefront of digital leadership globally,” said LGfL CEO, John Jackson.

“As part of the upgrade we’re taking the opportunity to replace old equipment with the latest technology which also means that LGfL can upgrade any primary or secondary schools without having to change the firewall or the router.

“As a result, schools wanting more bandwidth can avoid expensive and disruptive kit replacements. All schools will be upgraded over the course of 2019 and 2020.”

These Pledge 2020 products, along with others being offered under LGfL’s Let’s Get Digital subscription, are expected to save primary schools £7000 a year, and secondary schools £17,000.

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Other benefits offered to member schools include discounts on Adobe Creative Cloud licences and CPD.

30 licences for Creative Cloud are being offered to primary schools, while secondary schools get 120.

LGfL CEO Jackson continued: “Last year, the creative industries contributed over £100b to the UK economy – by providing significant software like Adobe’s Creative Cloud we can help to equip the next generation of school children with skills to thrive in the future workplace.”

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Aaron Hurst

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