Ireland’s national education and research network HEAnet has completed the rollout of ‘high speed’ broadband to every post-primary school in the country, according to the Business & Leadership newspaper. The three-year programme is said to have cost EUR30 million (USD37 million) with HEAnet having been government-appointed to build and manage the symmetrical 100Mbps connectivity to more than 750 schools. Co-financed by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) and the Department of Education and Skills, the programme supports the government’s Next Generation Broadband Policy of June 2009 which reads: ‘Connectivity to schools, in particular, will benefit from the Government’s investment in broadband infrastructure. We aim to equip second-level schools in Ireland with 100Mbps of broadband connectivity and Local Area Networks (LAN) on a phased basis. This will enable students to learn and collaborate online.’
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