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Jane Davidson AM,
Minister for Education & Lifelong Learning
The Welsh Video Network involves the distribution and support of
videoconferencing studios and other video facilities to all Further Education
and Higher Education Institutions
throughout Wales. The equipment is capable of operating via the H.320
(ISDN) and H.323 (IP) networks.
The Welsh Video Network is one of the
most advanced videoconferencing networks in the world. Detailed background
information about the project is available.
The project is managed by
who are under contract to the Welsh Assembly Government's Department for Children, Education,
Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS)
and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). It
one of the largest UK projects involving collaboration between
the Higher and Further Education sectors.
was part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
was the first project to receive ERDF funding via the Objective 1
the past four years, 33 new studios have been added to the Welsh Video
Network as part of the Welsh Language Videoconferencing Project.
The Welsh Video Network installed
videoconferencing equipment in bilingual and Welsh Medium
schools across Wales enabling them to offer a greater choice to
sixth form pupils. The equipment enables the schools
to share expertise and resources and develop skills in flexible