Ardee Educate Together is one of 12 secondary schools in Louth which will benefit from a new superfast broadband service to be delivered in the county.
The open access network operator, enet, has won a significant new contract from HEAnet to supply a number of secondary schools throughout Ireland with 100Mbs broadband. This new contract will bring to 12 the number of schools in the county that will benefit from superfast broadband delivered through the Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), operated by enet.
The latest contract is 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, to bring this level of connectivity to 750 secondary schools throughout the country.
Under the terms of the deal, the MAN fibre will transform the broadband connectivity of these schools – eight in Dundalk, three in Drogheda, and one in Ardee – creating the capacity to significantly enrich and enhance the educational experience for thousands of students.
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.
Ronan Byrne, CTO, HEAnet said the advent of 100Mbs connection 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,” he said.
Conal Henry CEO enet said the company is extremely proud of its involvement in the delivery of world class broadband.