Integration of Digital Satellite and Terrestrial Networks for Education and Training


The University of Plymouth has developed an integrated digital networking infrastructure for voice, video and data throughout the region to deliver a variety of education and training programmes. This paper describes how the infrastructure has been implemented using a novel combination of ISDN, SWAN (a regional ATM network) and digital MPEG2 satellite broadcasts from the University's uplink. It also discusses cost benefits analysis in terms of low cost, wide access and quality and will describe such uses as research seminars for health care students, across distributed campuses and training of surgeons in the region's hospitals using live, interactive digital satellite TV.

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