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RM Technology Invests £1m Give More Schools Ultra-fast Broadband

Thursday, Jun 15th, 2023 (2:19 pm) - Score 1,424
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Education technology provider RM Technology has completed a £1m upgrade of its network, which means that all links within their core network will be upgraded to support multi-100Gbps speeds with options to increase to 400Gbps capability in the future.

The extra capacity is intended to support the growth of RMT’s broadband service over the next 5-years, with an expected annual growth rate in traffic demand of 20-30%. The company runs a fully 2N resilient network and, recognising the need for more bandwidth to enable schools to transition to the cloud more easily, RM has invested in new core infrastructure. In addition, this will support RM’s continued deployment of IPv6.

RMT states that its investment will support schools in overcoming the barriers slow broadband causes and help them to meet the UK’s Full Fibre requirements, as well as to ultimately support the Department for Education’s (DfE) ‘Connect the Classroom’ scheme.

The upgrade has also enabled RM to upgrade its upstream connections to the internet and content providers, up to 10x including to the likes of Google and Akami.

Jason Tomlinson, MD of RM Technology, said:

“We’re proud to announce the completion of a significant core broadband network upgrade so that more schools can continue to reap the benefits of ultra-fast broadband. In certain areas, heavy downloads are still blocking children’s education, so we decided to give back and upgrade our core network to meet the growing demands of our customers. As we strive to continue to improve the infrastructure that underpins education, we will soon be releasing a 4G option that’ll enable us to reach more remote sites and reduce the cost of back up lines.”

The upgrade has also enabled RM to upgrade its upstream connections to the internet and content providers, up to 10x including to the likes of Google and Akami.

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By Mark Jackson
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9 Responses
  1. Avatar photo plunet says:

    Well there’s a technology survivor… I remember the RM (Research Machines) Z80 machines in my school in the early 1980s competing against the BBC Micro. Amazing to think that the company has managed to reinvent itself enough to continue to find a niche in the education market in the UK for best part of 50 years. Well done to RM.

    1. Avatar photo Tech3475 says:

      It was their Windows based machines I remember them for as a kid, in particular the ‘Windows Box’ shell/launcher on modified Windows 3.x and 9x installs.

      One of those things I’d like to mess around with some day if given the chance.

      That said, this article is the first I’ve heard of them being an ISP.

    2. Avatar photo Harry says:

      Believe it or not RM still have a Windows solution for schools called Community Connect 4 and it’s essentially an out the box server solution for schools. Pretty cool

    3. Avatar photo Matt says:

      I remember being cheeky and messing with those bespoke launchers on 3.1 and 95 systems. Once you loaded up an approved application, such as paint, you could explore the entire C drive and make edits to any file you wished. I seem to recall redirecting some of the approved application links to other things. Teachers didn’t have a clue what we’d done!

    4. Avatar photo charles says:

      I used to show the new kids how to use those machines when I was 9. and the Micro’s – the good old days

    5. Avatar photo Blast from the past says:

      Crikey I remember RM when I was a lad. Remember how computers used to have locks on them? lol.

    6. Avatar photo The Facts says:

      @plunet – 1983 to 2023 is 40 years! Maths!

    7. Avatar photo plunet says:

      @TheFacts oh dear, it is indeed 40 years. Bak 2 skool 4 me.

  2. Avatar photo J Carrington says:

    I remember when our school installed RM Nimbus machines back in the 80s. Great machines. Nice to see this company is still going.

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