TOTAL Network Solutions has been accredited as an Education Partner by Cisco Systems, underlining the company's continuing commitment to the market for voice and data communications in the education sector. A Cisco Gold Partner since 2000, Total Network Solutions is a key provider of voice and data network solutions and managed services, with existing accreditation to service the local and central government and health sectors with Cisco solutions. In the education market, TNS already works with organisations such as UKERNA, which has responsibility for management of the network programme for the UK's higher education and research community.

With robust and reliable networks an essential requirement in today's learning institutions, TNS has been in the forefront of partnerships with further and higher education establishments to deliver strategies for growth and to embrace new technologies, with scalability for future requirements. Projects have included universities at Aberdeen, Bath, Luton, Oxford, Strathclyde and the West of England, together with an innovative wireless broadband solution for the Isle of Anglesey. As part of its future marketing programme, Total Network Solutions plans a series of education sector-specific seminars and workshops at Cisco's executive and technical briefing centres in Heathrow and Manchester.

Says managing director Mike Harris: "We are delighted to have achieved this additional status as a Cisco Education Partner, a market where we are already highly experienced in providing infrastructure rebuilds and after-care services and solutions. "It underlines our capability as a Cisco added value partner to meet the requirements of customers in the specialist education market."

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