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Here East connects to Janet network

Olympic Park reaches new high speeds with superfast internet

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | May 27, 2016 | Higher education

It saw World Records being set for athletics, track cycling and swimming during London 2012 – and now Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is subject to high speeds of a different kind, with superfast internet connectivity.

Here East – Olympic Park’s former press and broadcast centre, and today the dedicated digital quarter for East London – is now directly connected to the core of the Janet network, the UK’s high-capacity education and research network, to receive resilient internet connectivity of up to 100 Gigabits (Gb) per second.

The connection is provided by Jisc, the not-for-profit digital organisation for higher, further education and skills. 

Loughborough University is the first to take advantage of the Janet network being made available at Olympic Park, taking a connection at its new London site.  Loughborough University London is dedicated to post-graduate study, executive courses and research, in areas including media and creative industries, sport business, design innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship and digital technologies. Focused on innovation, its students are exposed to the very latest in thinking and real-life industry challenges through IT-rich learning experiences, such as remote learning through online lectures and video conferencing. 

This is the first step for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in its vision to become an important education and cultural hub. As well as Here East, UK Government is supporting the development of Foundation for London’s ‘Olympicopolis’, which will bring together outstanding museums, start-ups and education organisations to showcase exceptional creativity and cutting-edge design. University of the Arts and University College London have both announced they will be building new campuses at this location. 

London is an important strategic location for us, allowing us to enhance our postgraduate offer. Having access to resilient, high-capacity internet connectivity at our London campus is essential, and the Janet network delivers this

Professor Mike Caine, dean of Loughborough University London, said: “London is an important strategic location for us, allowing us to enhance our postgraduate offer. Having access to resilient, high-capacity internet connectivity at our London campus is essential, and the Janet network delivers this. It also means that staff and students at our London site get the same excellent online experience as their Loughborough colleagues.” 

The Janet network is one of the fastest computer networks in the world. It has more than 18 million users in the UK, at nearly a thousand universities, colleges and other eligible learning providers.

Jeremy Sharp, director strategic technologies, Jisc said: “London is leading the UK’s thriving digital sector, with inner London alone accounting for more than a quarter of the nation’s digital companies. Colleges and universities rightly want to harness the opportunities that working closely with these organisations brings, supporting the development of talent, research and digital enterprise. 

“Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park looks set to be the beating heart of London’s digital future. Education organisations who establish operations here can be assured that they are at the forefront of digital innovation, all underpinned by the Janet network, which gives them reliable, secure internet connectivity.”

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