HEAnet, eircom Wholesale partnership connects 42 schools to 100Mb/s broadband
Forty-two secondary schools across Ireland will benefit from 100Mb/s fibre broadband thanks to a partnership between eircom Wholesale and HEAnet, Ireland’s national education and research network. HEAnet awarded eircom Wholesale the contract to bring high-speed connectivity to the schools after a competitive tendering process. The 42 schools are located in counties Cork, Kilkenny, Kerry, Louth, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford and Dublin. The contract is part of the nationwide Schools Broadband rollout programme.
The schools will be connected to eircom’s National Ethernet Fibre Network, providing uncontended 100Mb/s upload and download speeds.
In addition to providing direct connectivity to 42 schools, eircom Wholesale’s national fixed infrastructure will be used by a number of service providers to provide high-speed connectivity to secondary schools as part of the Schools Broadband rollout programme.
One of the schools to benefit from the programme is Our Lady’s National School in Clonskeagh, Dublin. Deputy principal Edel Collins said: “Having high-speed fibre broadband has revolutionised teaching practices in our school. Teachers are now more confident using broadband during classes. Before, teachers were anxious to see if the programme was going to load properly. It was difficult trying to keep the children occupied while you waited for something to load. Children are more engaged and now get excited when we use iPads and laptops which are now a standard part of our day-to-day teaching.”