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BLN3 Connectivity


The Bradford Learning Network (BLN3) utilises the Public Services Network (PSN), meeting DfE guidelines for internet provision in Education 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 BLN3 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 10Mb to 1Gb.  Smaller educational establishments can be connected via a FTTC connection which also connects into the core of the network.

For the difference in a FTTC and FTTP connection please visit

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 434818.  For the price for a specific increment, if not listed below, please contact a member of the team on the number above.  

Connection Type Cost per year
FTTC 40Mbps Download £2,400 + £6 x FTE Pupil
FTTP 10Mbps on a 100Mb bearer £2,500 + £6 x FTE Pupil
FTTP 20Mbps on a 100Mb bearer £3,000 + £6 x FTE Pupil
FTTP 40Mbps on a 100Mb bearer £3,500 + £6 x FTE Pupil
FTTP 100Mbps on a 1Gb bearer £4,400 + £6 x FTE Pupil
FTTP 200Mbps on a 1Gb bearer £5,750 + £6 x FTE Pupil
FTTP 300Mbps on a 1Gb bearer £6,525 + £6 x FTE Pupil

PLEASE NOTE:  The loyalty prices above are for schools who were connected to the BLN2 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 30 June 2015. 

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.

For more information on the NEN guidelines on the procurement of internet provision in schools please take a look here - NEN broadband purchasing guidance.

A basic topology of the network can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

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. 

BLN Simplified Topology