Nowra Anglican College has selected ISP independent broadband service provider Fusion Broadband’s technology in an attempt to improve broadband speeds within the academy.
According to the college, since installing broadband bonding from Fusion Broadband and adding one extra ADSL2+ connection, its speeds have escalated from an average of 7 Mbps to a maximum 82 Mbps (downlink) and 0.8 Mbps to a maximum 22 Mbps (uplink).
Nowra Anglican College ICT manager and systems administrator, Andrew Warfield, said it selected Fusion Broadband as the demands at the college to get a good Internet connection increased exponentially in the past few years, with users constantly experiencing drop outs and problems with secure Internet sites.
“Regional schools are high up the list when it comes to being disadvantaged in the IT stakes.
“Nowra Anglican College is about 5km from the exchange, which results in greatly reduced speeds, even though we do have ADSL2. For every 500 metres you are from the exchange you lose 20 per cent of the available speed,” he said.
But the college faced problems when it tried to pick out a service provider that could service its needs.
Warfield contemplated signing up to a 'theoretical' eight-wire Ethernet over copper (EFM) service, which would have cost at least twice the cost of Fusion Broadband's solution, and without any indication of bandwidth.
"The EFM servers were going to be over $2000 per month and there was no guarantee they were going to deliver any faster rates. So it was going to be a very expensive 'suck it and see',” ICT reseller, Coastal Phones and Data sales manager, Jordan Snider, said.
The college also considered additional ADSL2 services over four segregated networks, which would have created additional configuration and maintenance complexity. Other options were too expensive or not available in the area.
"Before this bonding technology there was no other option that was within budget: SHDSL was too expensive and slower; fibre was well out of range; and wireless options were slow and well out of budget as well," Warfield claimed.
He said even after the rollout of the NBN, it will still use the technology for redundancy and aggregation.