With an enrollment of nearly 134,000 students, the Philadelphia School District is the 8th largest in the nation and the largest in Pennsylvania. The district is comprised of over 260 schools and nine regional offices.

The need

  • Connect the district’s 270+ locations with one manageable network.

  • Streamline the district’s existing 297-circuit frame relay wide area network and voice network.

The solution

  • We built a fiber optic wide area network (WAN) to provide connectivity throughout the district.

  • The resulting network has four 10Gbps core rings connected through ethernet between 22 sites, with point-to-point connections out to the 270+ facilities.

The Impact

  • The new network successfully supports the district’s voice, video, and data traffic across all facilities.

  • By using direct connections, our network is able to provide security, flexibility, and data control.

FCC connectivity goals

of schools fall short of the FCC's goals of 100Mbps per 1,000 students/staff. 1

School IT budget

of school systems identify cost as the biggest barrier to providing robust connectivity. 2

1. 2016 Broadband Progress Report, Federal Communications Commission
2. 2016 Annual E-rate Infrastructure Survey, Consortium for School Networking

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