IT Services

Backbone Network Connection Charges


1. Introduction

The Networks team within OUCS is responsible for provisioning new and upgraded connections to the University backbone network, and recovering some part of the cost of this work. Traditionally there are three sources of income: capital grants from the University (and College supplements) for major upgrades, day-to-day running costs covered by OUCS via the Infrastructure Charge, and direct cost recovery for one-off new or upgraded connections.

This document shows the charges and charging model for new or upgraded connections to the University backbone network. This charging model was reviewed in February 2008 following the conclusion of the FroDo project, which significantly changed the landscape and topology of the backbone. You will no doubt be pleased to see that we have reduced charges to reflect the current costs to OUCS involved with the work required to establish them. FroDo has simplified this process in most cases.

As well as the charges, below, please also read the Q&A section and the Use Case section, which cover the inevitable variety of scenarios we tend to find within the collegiate University. If you have further questions please email

2. Charges

There are now only two connection charges, which reflect only the speed of connection and not how and where this is made to the backbone network (as was the case with the previous charging model):

Data Connection Speed Price
100 Mbit/sec £1,300
1 Gbit/sec £4,000

Further to the above, there is one charge for a new FroDo installation:

FroDo Installation £5,000

The intention is that a FroDo installation (which includes a switch, UPS, cabinet, and so on, but for more details see the FroDo page) will be incorporated into the cost of a new building. The occupants of that building then pay for a connection as per the first table, above.

Below are listed some key points, and for the finer details please see the Q&A section of this document:

3. Questions and Answers

Will there be two charges for a site-to-site link?

No, where a network is presented in two locations, we charge only once for the first two data ports. Thereafter, we will charge for each additional port. Please see the Use Case section below, for more details.

Isn't the FroDo connected at only 1Gbit/sec? What if there are two Gigabit connections on it?

The back-haul from any FroDo will be upgraded where necessary to provide sufficient bandwidth to connected units. The cost for this is factored into your initial data connection charge.

Do all FroDo switches support Gigabit data connections?

Only some are Gigabit capable, but OUCS will replace the switch if necessary to support a Gigabit connection. The cost for this is factored into our charging model. Note: OUCS cannot cover the cost of fibre works, and where single-mode (Gigabit capable) fibre is not installed to a site there will be an at-cost recovery for this upgrade.

4. Common Use Cases

A College builds a new accommodation annexe.

If the College wants a simple data feed to this new building, they will be charged at the appropriate data rate, plus the cost of any fibre works, plus VAT. Included in this charge is the port on the College main site FroDo switch which presents traffic from the new annexe building.