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Managed Network Switch Service

Improve network access speeds by replacing switch hardware

The challenge

Your switched infrastructure is an essential part of your school’s network. Older hardware in your switched infrastructure is a likely cause of:
  • slow internal network speeds
  • slow logging in times for staff and pupils
  • slow access to resources on the school’s server
The expectations of network performance in schools to deliver teaching and learning enabled by technology means that speed of access now needs to increase to ensure precious time is not wasted.
The increased use of technology in schools is putting more pressure on the older existing hardware in your switched infrastructure.

The solution

Replacement of this infrastructure could be managed with a costeffective and flexible subscription agreement for hardware and support, negotiated by The ICT Service especially for our school customers or it can potentially be an expensive undertaking to buy outright.
Without a replacement strategy the school's staff output can be expected to suffer as technology is further relied upon in classrooms and office spaces.

The ICT Service will give you a clear and bespoke quote for your school to replace this essential hardware starting with a site survey to ensure your school’s specific needs are met. You can then choose between the benefits of a flexible subscription agreement or buying the hardware as a capital purchase.

How our service works

The ICT Service will provide you with a bespoke quote to meet your school’s requirements based on a site survey, but we’ve put together a set of benefits to help inform your choice and to describe what could be included with either a subscription agreement or buying outright.

Subscription Agreement
(Monthly payment,
support included)
Buying Outright
(Capital purchase,
support not included)
Detail / Benefits:
  • Switches, modules and cable hardware to meet bespoke requirements
  • Option to flex (scale up or down and start a new term depending on requirements)
  • Support from The ICT Service included
  • Option to purchase or upgrade hardware
  • No questions asked termination of agreement with just 90 days’ notice.
  • No deposit, no penalties for early termination
  • Installation quoted separately by The ICT Service
  • Switches, modules and cable hardware to meet bespoke requirements
  • School owns hardware outright
  • Installation quote available from The ICT Service
  • Support quote available from The ICT Service

Frequently asked questions about the subscription agreement for switches

How is the subscription agreement different from a lease?
Leasing is a means of financing a purchase over a fixed term and might include support, deposit, finance changes, and penalties for early termination. This subscription agreement via The ICT Service has no deposit fees, no fixed term, and no penalties for early termination. This subscription agreement also provides use of equipment with no title transfer.
Does a school have the option to purchase network equipment they have acquired via the subscription agreement?
Yes. At any time a school can purchase outright network equipment obtained via the subscription agreement and The ICT Service can prepare a quote upon request.
Can a school upgrade or refresh products provided as part of the subscription agreement?
Yes. To upgrade or refresh products, the school would simply initiate a new subscription agreement schedule. Since there are no termination or deposit fees, the new subscription agreement schedule does not result in a penalty or hidden fees to the school. However, the new monthly payment may be adjusted based on the overall cost, increase in performance, features, and capabilities of the upgraded products.
How would a school terminate a subscription agreement?
The school would contact The ICT Service providing 90 days’ written notice of the intent to terminate. All equipment must be returned in good condition, with only normal wear and tear.


Schools and other education settings in Cambridgeshire and surrounding counties. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions of Service and Support.


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