HEAnet delivers student ultra-broadband

The HEAnet deal with Agile Networks will deliver ultra-broadband for students across the country.

22 July 2016

The national education and research network, HEAnet, has awarded a seven-year to network integrator Agile Networks to replace HEAnet’s existing network connecting education and research organisations throughout Ireland.

In a deal worth €5 million, the new network will have a 100Gb capacity, making it capable of carrying ultra-high bandwidth traffic.

HEAnet’s e-Infrastructure services underpin education and research activity across the country, with approximately one million users relying on the network each day for their learning and research requirements.

The contract was awarded following a competitive tender process. The winning solution utilises state of the art technology from international network manufacturer Juniper Networks, and runs over HEAnet’s existing fibre network in a highly resilient design. The rollout will take place over an eighteen-month period to 200 locations nationwide with five years support.

“This investment represents a milestone in HEAnet’s commitment to continuously improve connectivity for our member institutions,” said John Boland, chief executive, HEAnet. “Our on-going challenge is to ensure that we provide access to the same sort of Internet connectivity for education and research as anywhere in Europe.  We achieve this through the provision of an ultra-high bandwidth, multiple gigabit network, which is dedicated for use solely by our education and research clients.”

“This contract will deliver a nationally significant project and facilitate the roll-out of shared ICT services and collaboration within and across the education and research sector,” said Darragh Richardson, managing director, Agile Networks. “We look forward to working with HEAnet and our partners at Juniper Networks to ensure that Ireland’s reputation as a world-class place to study and develop research is enhanced.”


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