Enet and HEAnet partner to deliver 200Mbps connectivity to schools across Ireland

Press release
17th Nov 2020

Enet, Ireland’s largest open-access network operator, and HEAnet, Ireland’s national education and research network, are partnering to deliver 200Mbps connectivity to schools across Ireland. Enet has a long-standing relationship with HEAnet and has previously delivered connectivity to over 600 post-primary schools as part of the ‘100Mbps’ initiative, a project run by HEAnet on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.

More than 600 primary and post-primary schools across Ireland now use the Enet network to access high-speed connections to allow them to utilise valuable and engaging online educational resources. Enet is now working with HEAnet to deliver bandwidth upgrades ensuring that schools all over the country will have access to the bandwidth they need in the coming months, having speeds of up to 500Mbps.

Enet will once again be the main sponsor of the HEAnet National Conference, which takes place Thursday 19th November.

The HEAnet National Conference, now in its twentieth year, is an annual event which brings together delegates from across the education and research sector, as well as industry and technology specialists. Due to Covid-19, this year the conference will be a one-day virtual event.

Kerrie Power, HEAnet’s CEO said: “This is the 20th year of the HEAnet National Conference and as we all continue to follow the Government advice in relation to the Covid-19 restrictions we have moved the conference online for 2020. Enet has been a reliable partner of HEAnet for many years and we are excited to have them on board for our virtual event.”

Commenting on the partnerships with HEAnet, Enet’s CEO, Peter McCarthy, said: “Enet has had an excellent working relationship with HEAnet for many years, connecting Irish schools to superfast broadband and creating the capacity to significantly enrich and enhance the educational experience for tens of thousands of students. Our latest collaboration will ensure that schools from Bantry to Buncranna will have minimum connection speeds of 100 to 200Mbps, while others will have speeds of 300, 400 or even 500Mbps.

“This is extremely important as e-learning has become a vital component of our children’s educational experience. We are delighted to once again support the annual HEAnet National Conference and congratulate the team for enabling this virtual event.”

Enet is headquartered in Limerick and has recently unveiled a state-of-the-art Network Operations Centre as part of our new €1m headquarters facility in a new standalone 14,000 sq ft location in the National Technological Park, Plassey.