Our broadband is designed for education, designed to go fast and to protect children. Unlike vanilla broadband we make sure that we keep children safe and data in schools secure. With remote learning on the increase, along with the use of cloud services, we also make sure that we build in capacity for expansion without incurring punitive costs to our customers. Since 2015 we’ve upgraded our schools twice to make sure they are future proofed and benefitting from modern kit, not exposed by being connected to obsolescent kit.
LGfL broadband is based on symmetrical fibre. This means our upload and download speeds are identical so when you have 100 Mbps connections from us, you have 200 Mbps total capacity. Many connections offer asynchronous connections (which are generally cheaper) but it means that you may have 100 Mbps broadband made up of say 70 Mbps one way and 30 Mbps the other. At peak times this can lead to contention and poor performance.
LGfL broadband connects schools and MATs to a National Grid for Learning (NGfL) rather than connecting a school directly to the internet which many of our competitors do. Any connection from LGfL to NGfL includes multiple layers of security and safeguards. This includes DDos, firewalls, anti virus, ransomware protection, malware protection and security monitoring. The network design is designed for speed and can be delivered at speeds from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps. LGfL installs market leading equipment with the capacity to support growth wherever possible. Our National Grid for Learning is constantly monitored for exceptions and events of concern such as outages or potential security threats. LGfL, unlike other providers, also includes free product changes and upgrades without charging schools more money.