HEAnet and open eir partnership to transform digital connectivity for 42 schools across Ireland
HEAnet awarded open eir 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.
Schools already enabled with high-speed broadband through the open eir network depend on the certainty of reliability and speed which enables teachers to plan lessons with confidence. Now 42 more schools in eight counties will be able to use technology in the classroom enhancing the educational experience using interactive audio and visual aids bringing learning experiences to life.
The schools will be connected to open eir’s National Ethernet Fibre Network, providing uncontended 100Mbps upload and download speeds enabling high-speed internet access and real-time applications. The future proofed Ethernet fibre network is capable of providing schools with speeds of 100Mbps and beyond as their bandwidth demands grow.
Commenting on the award announcement Peter Clarke, Sales and Marketing Director with open eir, said “We are absolutely delighted to bring high-speed fibre connectivity to 42 secondary schools in conjunction with HEAnet. High-speed fibre connectivity is essential to enabling the sort of digital learning environment that Irish children will need to compete in the 21st century. Thanks to today’s announcement 42 schools in eight counties across Ireland will be able to take full advantage of digital educational opportunities such as interactive whiteboards, in-class online research and real-time collaboration between schools that only high-speed connectivity can offer.”
In addition to providing direct connectivity to 42 schools, open eir’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.
Commenting on the positive impact high speed broadband will bring, Edel Collins, Deputy Principal of Our Lady's National School in Clonskeagh, said: “Having high-speed fibre broadband has revolutionized 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.”
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Notes to editor
HEAnet is Ireland’s National Education and Research Network, providing cutting edge Internet, associated ICT and e-Infrastructure services to Educational and Research organisations throughout Ireland.
HEAnet’s e-Infrastructure services underpin academic research and education activity in Ireland with approximately 200,000 students & staff (third-level) and approximately 800,000 students & staff (first and second-level) relying on the HEAnet network each day for their learning and research needs.
Established in 1983 by the Irish Universities with the support of the Higher Education Authority, HEAnet now provides essential e-Infrastructure services across all levels of the Irish education system. Our high quality resilient network connects all Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology and other higher education institutions (HEIs), along with research organisations, and all primary and post-primary schools across Ireland. HEAnet is guided by corporate values of integrity, openness & transparency, collaboration and enthusiasm amongst its staff.
It is HEAnet that connects these Irish learners and researchers to the Internet, on-line educational resources, and to fellow national educational and research networks in Europe, the USA and the rest of the world.
HEAnet's funding comes from Universities, Institutes of Technology, The Higher Education Authority, The Department of Education and Skills, The Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources, other education and research organisations in the Republic of Ireland, the National Development Plan (NDP) and the European Commission.
Cost-efficiency remains at the heart of the HEAnet operation and we are committed to providing e-infrastructure platforms to support the needs of our client community.
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