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BLN4 Connectivity Options

The Bradford Learning Network (BLN4) utilises Virgin Medias fibre network and is future proofed for the rising demands that schools have on their internet connections.  The network also allows for non Bradford authority schools to benefit from the BLN4 service.  IPVPN connectivity allows schools to connect via virtual networks, enabling a secure sharing of data and systems.  We understand that schools need a secure and reliable service, especially as they start moving towards more cloud based services.

Schools are connected via an uncontended synchronous FTTP connection (provided by Virgin Media) which links directly into the core BLN network and can be any size of bandwidth ranging from 40Mb to 1Gb.  

The table below outlines the costs for a range of the bandwidths that we are able to offer.  Please note that the prices are for the full package including a Smoothwall filtering/firewall device and connectivity into the core.  More information on these services can be found on the left hand menu.  If you are a part of a chain of schools or would like to discuss a more specific requirement please contact a member of the BLN team on 01274 434835.  For the price of a specific increment, if not listed below, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Connection Type Cost per year
FTTP 40Mbps (50Mbps at peak usage) £2,000 + £5.50 x FTE Pupil
FTTP 50Mbps (100Mbps at peak usage) £2,500 + £5.50 x FTE Pupil
FTTP 200Mbps £3,500 + £5.50 x FTE Pupil
FTTP 300Mbps £5,665 + £5.50 x FTE Pupil

PLEASE NOTE:  The loyalty prices above are for schools who were connected to the BLN3 network only.  If you are new to the BLN please contact a member of the team on 01274 434835 or complete our online contact us form for a quotation.  Prices quoted are valid until 19 October 2018. 

Connections can be upgraded at any time during the contract period free of charge with only the difference in the connection prices to pay.  Upgrades take 15 working days to be applied.

If you are a current BLN customer, the team can provide you with usage graphs to help you decide what size of connection you require.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like a copy of your graphs.

Super Connected City Voucher Scheme

A number of suppliers are contacting schools informing them that they are eligible to take part in the ‘Super Connected City’ voucher scheme which pays for the installation of super-fast broadband.  Schools are not eligible for connection vouchers as they do not meet the criteria for being a Small/Medium Enterprise.