The background

Award-winning telecom solutions help United Leaning Schools grow.

United Learning is a group of schools which aims to provide excellent education to children and young people across the country. With a broad education system, United Learning prepare young people to progress in learning and to make a success of their lives.

Part of the United Learning Schools Group, Avonbourne Boys’ and Girls’ Academies, and The Cornerstone Academy adopt Giganet services and solutions to bring top of the class connectivity. From phone systems that transforms the way students and teachers interact, to bandwidth that enables the school to successfully move into the cloud, United Learning make strides in building better connected schools and education.

United Learning using connectivity provide by Giganet

The challenge at Avonbourne Academies

Part of the multi-academy trust, United Learning, Avonbourne Boys’ and Girls Academies pride themselves on offering a nurturing environment for students and providing a cutting-edge approach to education.

Owing to the increasing adoption of cloud-based working, the school found its existing phone system to be obsolete and in desperate need of an update. Not only did the system rely on basic telecoms infrastructure, but simply maintaining it was proving difficult, and prevented them from enjoying the efficiencies of the latest VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calling technologies.

With BT phasing out the ISDN and PSTN networks over the coming years, Avonbourne were conscious of the need to migrate from this legacy technology proactively, rather than forcibly nearer the deadline. Reviewing communications can be a daunting task. The telecoms market is vast and with so many products and services available, knowing where to start or what’s right for an organisation can be overwhelming.

Calling for a telecoms provider to install a brand new infrastructure that would future-proof their connectivity and communications. Giganet were ideally positioned to help.

Avonbourne students

Improving Avonbourne Academies' communication capabilities

Our jargon-free, friendly approach ensured the task of improving communications was an easy one. Our technical team worked with them to survey systems that were already in place, exploring what has worked well in the past, and most importantly, what could work better going forward.

Giganet solved the challenge with the Splicecom SV1000 IP phone system, offering an extensive range of fixed and mobile voice capabilities.

From flexible call distribution and handling to extension mobility so teachers can pick up their calls wherever they are, via a desk handset, mobile or PC. Giganet’s complete end-to-end solution included cloud hosting, connectivity and SIP trunks, providing all the applications the Avonbourne Academy required, to improve the way they communicate with pupils, parents and staff.

All controlled via an easy-to-use web portal, Giganet’s managed telecoms solution puts Avonbourne firmly in control of voice communication into, out of and inside the building.

With a comprehensive aftersales maintenance package, the academy does not have to worry about their telecoms & connectivity again.

Business owner using Giganet hosted telephony handset

The challenge facing The Cornerstone Academy

Previously known as Carter Community School, The Cornerstone Academy in Hamworthy, Poole, is part of the United Learning group of schools, aiming to provide excellent education to children and young people across the country.

With around 50 phones in use, an ISDN2 on the main number, and an existing internet connection coming via a 100 Mb/s private leased line, the academy found the communications infrastructure could no longer keep up with the advancing needs of their staff and pupils.

Wedded to discontinued technology, any network maintenance had become increasingly difficult and held them back from a range of money and time-saving processes offered by cloud-based technologies. Understanding how high-speed and reliable internet connectivity allows schoolchildren and their teachers to benefit from the best level of education possible, The Cornerstone Academy sought a telecoms provider to specify, manage and install a new system fit for the future. Thanks to some considerable experience assisting schools with their connectivity, Giganet came through with a solution.

The Cornerstone Academy

Bigger bandwidth to support cloud services at The Cornerstone Academy

Our work with The Cornerstone Academy began as a phone systems provider, where we primarily installed a Splicecom IP phone system, to run on SIP trunks over their existing 100Mb/s leased line connection. With rental costs for SIP trunks being typically 50% cheaper than ISDN, the school instantly benefited from significant monthly savings by switching to SIP.

Providing a comprehensive phone system that’s simple to use, highly flexible and resilient, means easy adoption and set-up. Now all those much-needed connectivity integrations with third-party applications work as they should. From mobility through to unified communications, call recording and integration with the schools’ database, Giganet has helped the school to save money while future-proofing its communication capabilities.

More recently, The Cornerstone Academy wanted to increase bandwidth to support migrating even more services to the cloud. Despite being in contract with their current provider, they were able to utilise our Swift quotation tool, which draws on direct relationships with all major carriers to help us offer the best speeds, price and service available to their premises.

Working with Giganet, The Cornerstone Academy were not only able to save money on their network but find a solution that was fast to implement and easy to manage.

And offering 200Mb/s on 1Gb/s bearer Giganet were able to save them a considerable amount of money when the time came to switch.

Cornerstone Classroom
Don't just take our word for it

What the client had to say...

Giganet has been incredibly professional all the way through the project and have provided fantastic ongoing support. We look forward to continuing to work with them in the future and building a strong business relationship.

Jamie Stevens
Network Manager
The Cornerstone Academy

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