Changing The Academic Landscape
Unify Issue 4
In Glasgow, the nautical faculty at the city’s college has partnered with Gamma to slash line rental and calls costs by 40% despite a two-fold increase in call volumes. In Newcastle, Northumbria University makes year-round savings by combining Gamma SIP trunks with an on-site PBX, backed-up by temporary roll-out and roll-back of Gamma’s Horizon cloud hosted telephony platform to cope with seasonal peaks and disaster recovery needs.
Both stories illustrate just how much converged communications have changed the landscape for academia, bringing cost savings, new levels of robustness and unprecedented flexibility to a sector that, like so many others in Britain, was held back by the suffocating embrace of legacy telcos with their costly, sometimes fragile and always inflexible take-it-orleave- it offers.
Glasgow’s long heritage in shipping and shipbuilding is celebrated in a newly opened £66M campus on the River Clyde, which is training the next generation of marine engineers and ships’ crew. Continuing Scotland’s proud maritime history, the Riverside Campus aims to teach 10,000 students a year.
Although the site boasted stateof- the-art modern facilities, its communications relied on a legacy phone system based on ISDN and an ageing PBX that badly needed updating. At the same time ISDN’s rigid numbering scheme, which binds numbers to physical locations, did not suit the college’s need for flexibility.