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Managed Network Service

UIS's Managed Network Service provides an institution with a fully managed and supported local area nework. It can be delivered to any University institution connected to the University network – including colleges, departments and other institutions. Prices and details below have been recently revised for 2018.

Key Features

  • Service provided by UIS Networks – an experienced Cisco-qualified team of six network staff.
  • Monitoring, management and troubleshooting of the managed network.
  • Industry standard Cisco* switches used throughout.
  • Network designed to meet customer requirements.
  • Low-cost setup charges compared with normal direct-to-reseller purchases, with free configuration and installation included.
  • Annual service charge includes all future replacement hardware costs after 7 years.
  • Hardware spares provide a rapid resolution for any hardware failures.
  • Free replacement of faulty network equipment.
  • All network ports are Gigabit, with POE+ available as an option, suitable for desktops, phones and wireless access points.
  • Specialist server infrastructure can also be supported.
  • Short lease option available.

* Except for SFPs, where we use a cost-effective alternative.


Designing each managed network

The purpose of the Managed Network Service is to design and deliver an effective network to meet an institution's IT requirements. In the first stage of delivering this service, our experienced team works closely with local IT staff to:

  • discuss the local institution's requirements
  • assess the current network design and identify any areas for improvement
  • design a solution suitable for the institution, with a complete list of recommend hardware and service charges.


How much does it cost?

 The service has two charges:

  • Setup charge: Each component of a managed network has a setup charge. This includes the initial purchase of the hardware as well as the design, configuration and installation of the network. The setup charge is only applied once.
  • Annual service charge: All switches and components also have an annual service charge. This covers the free replacement of hardware after 7 years.

The UIS's price agreement for Cisco hardware enables us to offer excellent value for money.


The prices listed below include some of the most popular hardware options and illustrate typical costs. The UIS Networks team will design each solution in discussion with the customer institution.


Description Suitability Model 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports Uplinks Setup charge Annual service charge
8 port, 1G switch, POE, fanless, small form factor


PoE Phones

WS-C2960CX-8PC-L 8

2x SFP

2x 1G copper

£290 £200
8 port, 1G switch, fanless, small form factor


WS-C2960CX-8TC-L 8

2x SFP

2x 1G copper

£235 £180
24 port, 1G switch Desktops WS-C2960X-24TS-L 24

4x SFP (1G)

£535 £380
48 port, 1G switch Desktops WS-C2960X-48TS-L 48

4x SFP (1G)

£935 £495
24 port, 1G switch, PoE


PoE Phones

WS-C2960X-24PS-L 24

4x SFP (1G)

£710 £430
48 port, 1G switch, PoE


PoE Phones
WS-C2960X-48LPS-L 48 4x SFP (1G) £1,245 £585
24 port, 1G switch, PoE, 10G uplink option


PoE Phones

10G  uplinks

WS-C2960X-24PD-L 24

2x SFP+

(1G or 10G)

£1,020 £520
48 port, 1G switch, PoE, 10G uplink option


PoE Phones

10G  uplinks

WS-C2960X-48LPD-L 48

4x SFP+

(1G or 10G)
£1,555 £670
48 port, 1G switch, 10G uplink options, larger 740W PSU for demanding PoE requirements


PoE Phones

10G  uplinks

High PoE demands

WS-C2960X-48FPD-L 48

4x SFP+

(1G or 10G)

£1,775 £735
12 port SFP switch, 1G

Aggregation or core switch

1G only

WS-C3850-12S-S 0

12x SFP


£2,430 £920
12 port SFP switch, 10G option

Aggregation or core switch

10G available

WS-C3850-12XS-S 0

12x SFP+

£3,375 £1,195
48 Port, 12 mGig+36 Gig


PoE Phones

10G  uplinks

WS-C3850-12X48U-L 48

Various (10G, 40G)

£3,035 £1,100


Minor components Model Setup charge Annual service charge
1G SR SFP Non-Cisco SFP £30 £10
1G LR SFP Non-Cisco SFP £25 £10
10G SR SFP+ Non-Cisco SFP £60 £20
10G LR SFP+ Non-Cisco SFP £100 £30
2960-X stacking module C2960X-STACK= £270 £80
2960-X stacking cable 0.5m STACK-T1-50CM= £25 £10
2960-X stacking cable 1m STACK-T1-1M= £50 £15
2960-X stacking cable 3m STACK-T1-3M= £70 £20
Second PSU for 3850 switch PWR-C1-350WAC= £165 £50
10G SFP+ passive twinax copper link cable SFP-H10GB-CU3M= £20 £10

VAT also applies to external customers, such as colleges. 


Short lease option

We also provide an alternative short lease service for institutions requiring temporary network infrastructure. This option has no setup charges, but instead has an increased annual service charge. It is a cost-effective solution for institutions in a temporary residence. Please contact for information and pricing.


Help for small institutions

If you are a small institution and would like to discuss the Managed Network Service, please contact us at . We may be able to offer you a service with reduced setup charges.


Adopting existing network switches

It is normal for an institution interested in the Managed Network Service to have an existing local area network with active network switches. Under the right circumstances, we are able to adopt and integrate this existing equipment into the Managed Network Service, and offer a discount on the service charge by doing so.

The equipment will need to be:

  • remotely manageable and offering the required functions
  • within the manufacturer's warranty
  • within the lifetime of a typical network switch (7 years)
  • replaceable on reaching end-of-life by standard UIS-sourced managed switches.
  • one-off adoption fee of 1 hour of labour per managed switch (currently £75 per hour).
  • annual service charge of £230 per managed switch.

On adoption, the UIS and customer will agree on the remaining lifetime of existing switches, based upon their current age. Until the switches are replaced, the Managed Network Service charge is reduced to £230 per switch p.a.

Once the agreed lifetime of the switches has been reached, the switches will then be replaced with the standard UIS service (or the service is discontinued).

If this is of interest, please contact us at to discuss.


Large infrastructure projects

The UIS regularly designs solutions for large infrastructure projects, such as new buildings or sites.

These bespoke solutions are priced on application only. They will include a design and consultancy fee.



What are the hours of support ?

In line with the CUDN, this is supported between 9.00 and 5.00, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

Who patches network cables?

The service covers the provision of active network equipment and UIS will undertake the initial patching of network cables between the switches and the patch panels within the network cabinet as part of the installation.

The patching of cables does not extend beyond the cabinet to edge network sockets and desktop devices. The institution will need to provide local desktop support staff, or a similar role, for day-to-day network cable patching requirements.

The UIS Networks team can provide assistance with persistent cable problems on request.

What about fixing desktop connectivity problems?

The service works most effectively if local IT staff are able to perform basic checks on a local computer that may be experiencing connectivity issues. Most problems are usually found in the desktop.

What happens when a switch breaks?

In event of equipment failure, UIS will provide a replacement switch. UIS has spare hardware for this purpose that is ready to be deployed at short notice.


Service details

Please note that the following conditions apply to the Managed Network Service:

  • UIS provided network switches remain the property of UIS.
  • Adopted institution-owned network switches remain the property of the institution.
  • Network equipment has a lifetime of 7 years (but may be upgraded earlier if necessary).
  • Service charges will be adjusted once a year to reflect changing staff and hardware costs. These will be advertised in the Lent Term for the next financial year.
Cisco Catalyst 3850 48 Port (12 mGig+36 Gig) UPoE LAN Base