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Comparison Chart

1st August 14
Comparison Chart - Features of CLEO Broadband


CLEO Broadband

Non-CLEO Connections


CLEO aims to deliver bandwidth matched to your schools needs wherever possible. CLEO is currently in the process of upgrading all Secondary schools to 100Mb and all primary schools to 10Mb.

Varies depending on cost and distance from the exchange – up to 2Mb & 8Mb available in some urban areas

Type of bandwidth

Increasingly CLEO is moving all Secondary schools to fibre based delivery.

10% of schools will retain their current wireless connections.

Most domestic services are ADSL – full bandwidth only available for download and bandwidth is dependent on number of homes connected in area. Only business packages offer symmetrical download speeds.

Contention Ratio

1:1……it’s all yours!

The CLEO network is designed to provide each school with uncontended access.

Business SDSL typically gives 5:1 ratio, whereas home ADSL broadband is at least 20:1 or even up to 60:1 (a key technical factor affecting performance of your broadband service).

Download restrictions


Connections are often capped – most schools will easily exceed such a monthly download cap when using graphics, video and audio within lessons.

Network infrastructure

All schools connected via the CLEO WAN – a private IP network, interconnected to the internet via JANET (the Universities Academic Network)

Connection fed straight to the internet


The CLEO network operates core caching systems for maximum performance. Each primary school also has a local caching device (NED).

Core caching varies.


All CLEO connected schools are automatically connected to the National Education Network for schools – CLEO meets the DCSF requirement for regional broadband consortia to connect together.

Commercial services do not currently offer a link to the National Education Network.

CLEO Broadband Services

CLEO provides a number of other services to meet the “Harnessing Technology” strategy.


Virtual Learning Environment

CLEO provides each school with a virtual learning environment based on Moodle. Each school’s Moodle looks very different yet all are based on master Moodle that CLEO centrally manages on schools’ behalf. Free training and support is also offered to help schools use Moodle effectively.


E-portfolio Service

CLEO provides each Secondary school with an e- portfolio service for pupils work based on Mahara. Each school’s e-portfolio looks very different yet all are based on a master version that CLEO centrally manages on schools’ behalf. Free training and support is also offered to help schools develop the use of e-portfolios in their school. CLEO is also working on a simplified e-portfolio for Primary school age pupils.



CLEO’s MIDAS service, currently in pilot, will enable schools to meet the DCSF parental online reporting targets as well as integrating a number of CLEO services including Moodle. Like other CLEO services, MIDAS is provided as an inclusive element of each school’s subscription to CLEO.


Curriculum Development

CLEO and LA Learning Consultants work with CLEO connected schools to help them with projects developing the curriculum use of media rich web based content and CLEO Broadband Services.


Remote Access

CLEO provides a number of other services to meet the “Harnessing Technology” strategy. CLEO offers remote access services for CLEO connected schools, including CLEO Remote Desktop for access to MIS systems by teachers and Web Gateway for secure access to web enabled applications and also CLEO Remote Folder for pupils to access their work folders in school.

CLEO also provides all schools in the CLEO region with the opportunity to have a CLEO hosted Moodle VLE free of charge.

Most commercial services utilise global IPs to enable remote access, increasing the exposure of schools networks to security breaches from the internet.

Video Conferencing

CLEO offers high quality point-to-point and multi-point video conferencing calls for free when using its IP network. It also runs regional projects with schools and the museum sector.

Call charges/bandwidth cap will apply – ISDN video conferencing quality of lower standard than IP network video conferencing.

Content Provision (national)

The 10 regional broadband consortia have worked together to provide free access to a wide range of curriculum resources including Audio Networks archives. The RBCs also share expertise & knowledge to help schools link up nationally on a wide range of projects.

A wide range of free resources available from each RBC are available from www.nen.gov.uk.


Content Provision (regional)

CLEO provides regionally developed materials linked to the curriculum and made available through its website accessible to all schools: www.cleo.net.uk.