Ministers announce update on Broadband For Schools

Contracts for Delivering Broadband for Schools Now in Place All schools to have broadband access in coming school year The Ministers for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey T.D., and for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin T.D., today updated progress in relation to the Schools Broadband Access Programme.  The Programme is being undertaken in partnership with industry, following the establishment of a three year €18m joint Government IBEC / TIF (Telecommunications and Internet Federation) Fund targeted at local connectivity provision to schools.  In addition local connectivity would be moderated through a National Schools Network, providing a range of security and content filtering facilities for schools. Schools will also be assisted and advised on the process through a National Service Desk. A public procurement process was undertaken in 2004 designed to achieve the optimal solution for each school having regard to the broadband delivery technology options available. This has now been completed and a mix of broadband technologies will be utilised in schools, including wireless, fixed line and satellite technologies. Further to the announcement earlier this year on the results of the competitive tender process, all seven successful operators have concluded contracts and are working to connect all schools across the country as speedily as possible in what is a complex and multi-faceted project. The final breakdown of schools awarded to successful providers is as follows: Company & No. of Schools Awarded Digiweb Ltd, 1,655 Schools Smart Telecom, 1,033 Schools Irish Broadband, 588 Schools BT Ireland, 341 Schools Last Mile, 214 Schools HS Data, 94 Schools Total Schools = 3,925 The breakdown by delivery technology will see the delivery...

Digiweb ends consumer confusion in the DSL Broadband Market

* No hidden details, no “time limits”, no increasing prices. * Free install and DSL Router with a fixed monthly fee * Massive download limits, up to 100GB per month. * Professional add on service for those who need it. In response to Customer requests and confusion in the DSL Broadband market Digiweb has today launched 4 new DSL products that aim to end the complexity in choosing a broadband supplier. The DSL products will have FREE connection and DSL router to first time connections and prices will then start at €24.75 ex VAT (€29.95 including VAT) – all products are available to business and home users alike. The products will simply be called DSL-1, DSL-2, DSL-3 and DSL-4 reflecting the technology and the download speed of each. The 12 month contract term is also reduced to six months. For people who require a full professional package for running a business or similar, Digiweb are offering an optional professional “add on” service including a wireless 4 port router, static IP address, web hosting, domain name registration, 100 email addresses, web site builder and much more. This full add on package is available at an additional €19.99 per month. Commenting on the new services, John Quinn, Head of Strategic Development commented “Digiweb are simply responding to Customer demand. There is mass confusion in the market at present with “time based” broadband products or products that have an increasing price scale after a few months. Watching the clock with broadband is a crazy concept and one which should have vanished with Dial-up narrowband. These new products are exactly what they say...