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August 6, 2008

Thus to connect King’s College campuses

King's College London will deploy Thus' next-generation network (NGN) to manage telecommunications between the university's 13 campuses, including Guy's, St Thomas' and King's College Hospitals.

By CBR Staff Writer

Thus provides telecommunications services to businesses in the UK. Its NGN comprises 10,500km of fibre optic cable with more than 190 points of presence throughout the UK. The core optical network uses DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) technology to provide scalability to hundreds of gigabytes of bandwidth.

Phil Male, chief operating officer of Thus, said: Thus’ next-generation network is fast, economic and resilient and provides the ideal platform for increased and enhanced research and academic collaboration.

Thus’ network is expected to enhance access for the university’s researchers and academicians. The network will carry all administrative applications to support inter-site communication.

Thus says that the City Ethernet and Open Fibre network will offer King’s College London improved reliability and scalability, and will meet the growing demands on the network infrastructure. It will support centralised applications, email and internet, and provide a platform to deliver converged services in the future, such as video and VoIP.

King’s has 19,700 students from more than 140 countries, and 5,400 employees. It offers courses in the humanities, law, social sciences, the health sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

Lynne Tucker, chief technology officer at King’s College London, said: Our world-class research needs to be supported by a communication network and Thus’ NGN solution offered everything we required today, with the potential to evolve and grow with the demands the future will bring. This is a significant development in enhancing our capabilities.

Thus recently signed a £12m agreement with Farice, the operator of the underwater cabling network that connects Iceland to the rest of the world. Thus will provide Farice with high bandwidth network connectivity of 200Gbps in the UK.

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