AirSpeed Telecom to install 100Mb/s broadband in 65 secondary schools
AirSpeed Telecom is to provide a 100Mb/s broadband service to a further 65 secondary schools nationwide as part of the final stage of the Post Primary Schools Project financed by the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and the Department of Education & Skills and managed by HEAnet – Ireland’s National Education and Research Network.
The installation work is underway and should be completed before September 2014.
The Post Primary Schools Project was announced in 2009 and when this phase of installation activity is finished all 760 secondary schools in the country will have access to high-speed broadband.
For its part, AirSpeed Telecom will have provided the 100Mb/s service to 200 schools across the country, including the Aran Islands and Tory Island.
HEAnet’s e-Infrastructure services underpin academic research and education activity in Ireland with approximately 200,000 students and staff at third level and approximately 800,000 students and staff at primary and second level relying on the its network.
Liam O’Kelly, managing director of AirSpeed Telecom, said: “AirSpeed Telecom’s network has reach, versatility and guaranteed quality of service to meet the needs of the schools. Having such high speed connectivity will open new possibilities in education for each of these schools. With this level of connectivity, the opportunities for interaction and collaboration are unlimited.”
John Boland, HEAnet chief executive, said: “Connecting schools in remote locations, including island schools is a key objective of the project. HEAnet need a partner that can help us meet this challenge. Over the past four years, AirSpeed Telecom has proven to not only be a strategic partner, but a reliable one.”