The €13 million broadband to schools scheme has delivered 100Mb fibre and wireless broadband to 78 second level schools nationwide.

In order to ensure the successful deployment of such a wide scale operation the Department of Communications required providers that could demonstrate the ability to project manage an installation base nationwide and could deliver an efficient and cost effective solution to enhance the educational experience of students.

Digiweb, a leading Irish broadband supplier was selected as a key access provider, contracted to deliver 100Mb fibre and wireless broadband to approximately 20% of the 78 schools involved in the scheme. Today’s primary and secondary schools have many unique communications needs and requirements.  This scheme will effectively meet those requirements and will see students nationwide benefit fro m new advances in technology in order to learn together and reap the rewards together.

Technology is opening up the world of learning to students and parents alike, helping them gain a greater understanding of the world around them. The broadband to schools scheme is an example of Ireland embracing the digital economy and changing the day to day classroom experience. According to Declan Campbell, Operations Manager at Digiweb “by deploying the latest broadband technology, schools across Ireland can meet the long-term needs of students for years to come.”

At St Colmcille’s Community School in Dublin yesterday Minister Eamon Ryan announced that the scheme will extend to all second level schools nationwide in the next two years. Ireland is one the first countries in the world to deliver such a programme on a national level.

Attending a demonstration of facilities in St Colmcille’s school in Dublin, the Minister said: “The jobs of the future are in the digital economy and our children need to be confident and comfortable in the use of technology. Broadband of this capacity and quality will allow them to see and learn things in school that my generation could have only dreamed of.”

St Colmcille’s is just one of 17 schools availing of high speed broadband deployed by Digiweb. The demonstration at yesterday’s event show just how rewarding the broadband solutions are in delivering innovative educational services to students. “Broadband is critical to Ireland’s long-term economic and social well-being and we are delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile initiative to enhance the learning experience of our future workforce.” said Declan Campbell.