04 April 2023

RM Technology and Comms-care sign partnership to transform UK schools connectivity

Relationship, backed by technology giant Ingram Micro, will give schools the opportunity to gain maximum benefit from the Department for Education’s Connect the Classroom scheme.

LONDON – 4th March 2023: RM Technology, the UK’s leading education sector supplier of technology solutions and strategies, and Comms-care (an Ingram Micro company), a leading strategic service partner to the IT channel community, today announce that Comms-care will be RM Technology’s preferred installation partner for the Department for Education (DfE) funded Connect the Classroom (CTC) initiative. This exciting opportunity and collaboration will enable schools to take advantage of future proofed IT infrastructure and benefit from the speed and capability of full fibre broadband at speeds of 1 Gigabit per second, which is 20 times faster than the average internet speed in the UK.

RM has supported schools on DfE’s CTC initiative since 2021, working on the DfE grant funded project to co-create and deliver brand new IT infrastructure that sets the foundation of future proofed network connectivity. With a joint mission to drive digital transformation, the collaborative relationship this year will see RM and Comms-care support over 150 schools by implementing installation and infrastructure commissioning as well as involving the rollout of wireless solutions and refreshed network equipment.

The timeframe to implement and deliver at speed this kind of complex infrastructure transformation, has only been made possible thanks to RM’s deep expertise and widespread UK customer footprint. RM currently supports more than 8,000 UK Schools in achieving their digital goals. Backed by Ingram Micro, Comms-care has the engineering capabilities to enhance RM’s existing offering so that schools can transform their IT infrastructure in a relatively short period of time.

Jason Tomlinson, Managing Director, RM Technology said:

“RM is delighted to be working with a like-minded company leading the charge to meeting the demand for robust and reliable internet connections within our UK schools, that will enable and support a better learning environment for thousands of children. UK Schools are facing significant challenges that could be improved by better broadband, and facilitating and improving pupil access and outcomes.”

Alex Wilmot, Managing Director, Comms-care, said:

“Comms-care is delighted to begin this relationship with RM Technology to deliver this project and to collaborate on future projects. The ability for the education system to realise the benefit of technologies like these affords increased efficiencies in teaching, improved accessibility, and greater inclusion for students which in turn create positive outcomes at all levels.”

Working together, the relationship will help schools meet the latest Wi-Fi 6 standards – with RM Technology delivering the consultancy, design, management and training that each school will need, while Comms-care will be responsible for the implementation and activation of each installation.

About RM

RM plc is a £211m turnover British business, with c. 1,990 employees globally. Established in 1973, RM provides market-leading products and services to educational institutions, exam bodies and international governments which improve, simplify and support education and learning. rmplc.com

RM’s Technology division (RM.com/education) is a market-leading supplier of ICT software, technology and services to UK schools and colleges to deliver a technology environment that improves learning outcomes and makes the most of IT investment. rm.com/education

About Comms-care

Comms-care Group Ltd is a leading strategic service partner to the IT channel community, committed to delivering better outcomes for partners and their end-customers, empowering growth through streamlined channel-focused IT solutions and services.

Comms-care offers a full range of services across the whole IT spectrum from pre-sales and professional services to managed services and maintenance support. Comms-care is part of the $50b turnover global leader in technology and supply chain services, Ingram Micro Inc, and has the strength of synergies to offer partners industry-leading Cloud platforms, a new approach to finance and seamless integration across the entire IT lifecycle.

About Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro helps businesses realise the promise of technology. It delivers a full spectrum of global technology and supply chain services to businesses around the world. Deep expertise in technology solutions, mobility, cloud, and supply chain solutions enables business partners to operate efficiently and successfully in the markets they serve. Unrivalled agility, deep market insights, and the trust and dependability that come from decades of proven relationships set Ingram Micro apart and ahead.

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