enet have won a significant new contract from HEAnet to supply an additional 105 schools throughout Ireland with 100Mbs broadband. This new contract is part of Phase 3 of the “100Mbs for Schools” project run by HEAnet on behalf of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Department of Education and Skills, and will bring to 222 the number of schools benefiting from superfast broadband delivered through the Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs).
Under the terms of the deal, the MAN fibre will transform the broadband connectivity in these 105 schools, creating the capacity to significantly enrich and enhance the educational experience for tens of thousands of students.
John Boland, Chief Executive, HEAnet, said: “Our job is to use our expertise to leverage economies of scale and value for money in delivering services to all our clients, and this is an excellent example of HEAnet, and the Higher Education Institutions, maximising public investment in our shared infrastructure.”
Ronan Byrne, CTO, HEAnet, added: “The advent of 100Mbs connectivity at post-primary schools represents a quantum leap in network connectivity for these schools and allows web-based resources to be incorporated in classroom teaching in a far more effective and efficient manner. HEAnet are delighted to build and manage this network on behalf of the Irish Government and schools.”
enet CEO, Conal Henry said: “enet is extremely proud of our involvement in the delivery of world class broadband to these schools. Digital technologies and online resources are an incredibly rich form of media which, when imaginatively utilised, offer the capacity to transform the prospects of individual students and the prosperity and well-being of Ireland as a whole. “
He continued: “Case studies carried out on existing 100Mb enabled schools have shown that the broadband facilitates a wide range of experiential learnings. Students can now take a virtual tour of a museum to study a famous painting; they can chat and follow-up online with teachers; they can participate in virtual study groups with classmates or collaborators regardless of their physical location or even possibly catch-up on a class that they missed in “real time”. Going forward, the wider use of technology will also ensure that students in smaller or more remote schools will no longer be disadvantaged in relation to the subject choice.”
Broadband services to the 222 schools awarded to enet are delivered across the MAN enabled towns throughout Ireland. Counties Cork, Limerick, Galway and Tipperary have benefited most significantly from these technological advancements with the introduction of 100Mb broadband into 33, 19, 18 and 18 schools in these counties respectively.
HEAnet is supporting the Irish Government’s ambition to deliver 100Mbs connectivity to approx. 750 post-primary schools nationwide and is responsible for the design, procurement and management of this high-speed network on behalf of the State. Completion of this project is scheduled for September 2014.