DIGIWEB connect over 1,400 Schools

Broadband Company Digiweb selected today by Department of Education to provide three-year broadband access to 1,428 schools nationwide Digiweb, Ireland’s widest reaching broadband services provider, has today been selected to provide broadband access to Primary and Second–Level schools throughout the country, using its Fixed Wireless Broadband and Satellite Broadband technologies. The award was made by the Department of Education and Science in conjunction with the Department of Communications Marine and Natural resources, following an extensive tendering process. The three-year contract will require the company to connect schools across the country with a high speed internet connection, enabling the schools to access central data services and the internet quickly and safely. This programme is funded through the Schools Broadband Fund, an initiative jointly undertaken with the telecommunications industry on foot of the establishment of a three year, €18 million joint Government / IBEC-TIF fund.  Digiweb along with a number of the other national service providers are contributors to this initiative. Of the approximately 4,000 schools to be connected, Digiweb has been awarded the largest contract with 1,428; and the other successful providers being Smart Telecom (1,041 schools), Irish Broadband (592 schools), ESAT BT (585 schools), Last Mile (215 schools) and HS Data (87 schools). “Following on our successful broadband services to Irish schools over recent years, we’re delighted to have been awarded this contract”, stated Colm Piercy, Managing Director. “It’s also refreshing and most welcome to see the Government award a contract of this scale and relevance across a number of experienced indigenous Irish providers –this hopefully signals the start of a new trend which will continue throughout 2005 and...

Schools Broadband

The Ministers for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and for Education and Science today announced the results of the competitive tender process initiated in August, 2004 for the provision of broadband services and routers to all primary and secondary schools in Ireland. This initiative is jointly undertaken with the telecommunications industry on foot of the establishment of a three year, €18 million joint Government / IBEC-TIF fund.  The project will involve installation of a mix of broadband technologies in schools, including wireless, fixed line (DSL) and satellite, and the service levels proposed will provide always-on high speed Internet access which will support a range of applications.  All schools will be linked to a schools network managed by HEANet, with appropriate helpdesk facilities and security features in place. The successful bidders were as follows: Digiweb – 1,428 schools Smart Telecom – 1,041 schools Irish Broadband – 592 schools ESAT BT – 585 schools Last Mile – 215 schools HS Data – 87 schools Eircom will provide the routers in each school which are part of the necessary broadband infrastructure, it will also provide wholesale support over its network for fixed line broadband proposals. Contracts are expected to be concluded with selected tenderers by the end of January and the roll-out programme will commence shortly thereafter. It is intended that all schools are connected as quickly as possible with a target date of end 2005 for full completion. The aggregate value of the contacts over the three years is approximately €20m. The Internet has huge value as an educational tool and the project will serve as a catalyst to firmly engrain...