Tuesday, 15 December 2020 23:22

TasmaNet completes NBN fibre connections rollout to Tasmanian schools Featured

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(L-R): Tasmanian Deputy Premier & Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff; Federal Member for Bass, Bridget Archer; and TasmaNet CEO, Rob Vernon, chat with students at Kings Meadows High School in Launceston. (L-R): Tasmanian Deputy Premier & Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff; Federal Member for Bass, Bridget Archer; and TasmaNet CEO, Rob Vernon, chat with students at Kings Meadows High School in Launceston.

Tasmanian communications provider TasmaNet has completed the rollout of dedicated NBN fibre connections to 59 public schools around the State.

Hailing the completion as another milestone in the Tasmanian ‘education revolution’, TasmaNet said it now delivers dependable fibre connectivity with symmetrical download/upload speeds up to nearly 1 Gbps to more than one third of all Tasmanian schools and colleges, including services for the Tasmanian Department of Education, Catholic Education Tasmania, and independent schools.

“Completion of this build means that TasmaNet now delivers dependable fibre connectivity to more than 100 Tasmanian schools and colleges, helping to remove historical barriers to learning for students previously unable to access the digital resources and online collaboration essential to a modern education,” said TasmaNet CEO Rob Vernon.

“TasmaNet is proud to be supporting an education revolution in our home state, with more than 80% of Tasmanian students now using NBN fibre connections to access the education they need to thrive in the digital economy.

“The Tasmanian Department of Education and the Catholic Education system in Tasmania are leading the nation in adopting NBN Enterprise Ethernet high-speed, symmetrical fibre connectivity for their students, and we appreciate that they have selected TasmaNet to provide these critical services.

“TasmaNet connected the first NBN Enterprise Ethernet service in Australia, for Hobart’s St Michael’s Collegiate School in January 2018, and we’ve become the provider of choice for schools and colleges around the country relying on the highcapacity bandwidth and secure networking our dedicated fibre services offer.

“This achievement is the result of the TasmaNet account management, service delivery, and network teams working directly with NBN and the Tasmanian Department of Education to seamlessly transition schools onto their new fibre connections without interruption to students and teachers, an even more impressive outcome considering the constraints we’ve all worked under during the pandemic.”

“The dependable fibre network infrastructure delivered by Australia’s significant investment in the NBN allows TasmaNet to provide specialised Internet, networking, data protection, and cloud services to customers in every state and territory,” Vernon said.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates how that investment is helping Tasmania students to experience a world class education regardless of where they live and study.”

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