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Verizon Business Provides IP Platform to the Student Loans Company for Enhanced Internet Access and VoIP Services

    Reading, England (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - Solution Simplifies Network Architecture whilst Providing Built-In Future-Proof Qualities

    Verizon Business announced today that it has been selected by the Student Loans Company Limited (SLC) to provide enhanced Internet access enabling the deployment of voice-over-IP (VoIP) services.

    SLC, a non-departmental public body wholly owned by the UK government, administers student financial support to eligible students in higher education in the United Kingdom.

    Verizon is providing its Verizon Internet Dedicated service to enhance access capabilities, and Verizon Private IP connectivity to enable VoIP between SLC headquarters in Glasgow and two new sites in Darlington and Colwyn Bay.

    "We selected Verizon Business following a cost-benefit analysis and because of its expertise in this vertical sector and its leading-edge technology, which will support our new requirements and provide an infrastructure to help us to provide the best possible service to our customers and our partner organisations in student finance," said Fraser Harris, ICT infrastructure support manager at SLC. "Our IT systems, which have been independently evaluated as leading examples of their kind, have enabled SLC to become a highly automated and efficient organisation."

    Verizon Business laid fibre cables to directly connect SLC's head office in Glasgow, supplying 155Mbps MPLS connectivity and a 155Mbps, tiered Internet service, which allows SLC to use capacity as needed. The direct connection in Glasgow enables SLC to benefit from easy provisioning of future services and upgrades, allowing for growth as required.

    Two new office sites in Darlington and Colwyn Bay were connected to the SLC network using Verizon's MPLS technology, each with a 45Mbps MPLS connection and 4MB backup connection, providing the company with a secure private network infrastructure. Part of the installation also involved supplying the central document and large volume mail-handling facility at Hillington, Glasgow with a 155Mbps MPLS connection.

    As business continuity is critical to SLC, Verizon Business also supplied centralised access to the Internet to all SLC offices UK-wide, including fail-over capability through the use of two diverse 155Mbps pipes at the head office and Verizon's PoP (Point of Presence) in Edinburgh.

    "SLC tendered for a resilient infrastructure upgrade that had built-in future-proof qualities and would ensure privacy and security of sensitive financial data," commented Bob Yorke, regional vice president sales UK and Ireland, for Verizon Business. Verizon Private IP is built on a secure, future-proof MPLS backbone and provides customers access to a flexible and easy-to-use QoS (Quality of Service) scheme. With its SLA (Service Level Agreement) latency guarantees, the solution also enables SLC to deploy its VoIP solution between offices whilst benefiting from reducing overall costs, simplifying the network infrastructure and increasing Internet connectivity."

    About Verizon Business

    Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large business and government customers worldwide. Combining unsurpassed global network reach with advanced technology and professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. For more information, visit

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