Improved connectivity to 650+ primary and post primary schools in Ireland

Working with HEAnet, Ireland’s national education and research network, Enet is now connecting 361 post-primary schools, nearly half of all post primary schools in Ireland, and 301 primary schools. Ranging from a minimum of 200 Mbit/s up to 1 Gbit/s, these connections are divided between fibre (419) and wireless (245) technology.

The connections are allowing even more students and their teachers in all four corners of the country to utilise valuable and engaging online educational resources. They also facilitate the quick upload and download of material, instant connection to the internet, and the increased and varied use of online applications, whiteboards and iPads in the classroom, offering the opportunity to transform the educational landscape and establish Irish schools as world class centres of e-learning.

The location of the schools across Ireland are as follows:

Munster:

Cork: 95 schools
Tipperary: 49 schools
Kerry: 30 schools
Waterford: 30 schools
Limerick: 29 schools
Clare: 9 schools

Leinster:

Dublin: 47 schools
Wexford: 26 schools
Offaly: 22 schools
Wicklow: 21 schools
Louth: 20 schools
Kilkenny: 17 schools
Meath: 15 schools
Longford: 13 schools
Carlow: 13 schools
Kildare: 11 schools
Westmeath: 10 schools
Laois: 7 schools

Connacht:

Mayo: 52 schools
Galway: 38 schools
Sligo: 12 schools
Roscommon: 9 schools
Leitrim: 8 schools

Ulster:

Donegal: 47 schools
Monaghan: 34 schools
Cavan: 27 schools

Peter McCarthy, Group CEO of Speed Fibre Group, the home of Enet, said:

“Enet is delighted to work with HEAnet to deliver high speed connectivity to 650+ schools across Ireland, some of which are in quite remote locations. These connections are vastly improving the overall learning experience for students, as well as their teachers, to ensure they have access to the vast array of educational resources available online. We’re very proud that our service is helping to equip a whole new generation of students with the skills they need for an Ireland that is fast becoming technology and digital driven.”

Dónal Ó Cearbhaill, Schools Network Director at HEAnet, said:

“At HEAnet, our vision is to enable Ireland’s digital ambition. Our collaboration with Enet marks a significant achievement in delivering high-speed internet connections to over 650 schools in Ireland. This milestone not only reflects our commitment to providing shared service ICT solutions but also emphasises the crucial role technology plays in shaping the future of education. By bridging the digital divide and connecting schools nationwide, HEAnet continues to contribute to a more equitable and digitally enriched learning environment, empowering both students and educators to thrive in the digital era.”

The Department of Education secured funding under Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan supported by the NextGenerationEU Recovery and Resilience Facility for a Broadband Enhancement Project for Primary schools through the Department’s Schools Broadband Programme.

Enet, which is part of the Speed Fibre Group, operates the largest alternative wholesale telecoms network in Ireland, which comprises of over 5,600 Km of fibre infrastructure, including the Irish State’s Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), proprietary metro networks, a unique dark fibre backhaul infrastructure, as well as one of the largest licensed wireless networks in the country.

Taken together, Enet’s infrastructure creates a fully integrated nationwide telecommunications network that is truly open access in nature, enabling retail service providers and network operators to deliver world class data connectivity services to their customers throughout Ireland and enabling them to connect internationally.

Enet also offers carriers a wide and innovative range of world-class fibre and wireless wholesale products and services, ranging from Managed Connectivity, Infrastructure Access, Direct Internet Access and white label broadband.

About Speed Fibre Group:

Speed Fibre Group, the home of telecommunication businesses Enet and Magnet+, is an Irish investment vehicle focused on telecoms infrastructure as well as communications service provision. A prominent force in the Irish telecommunications sector, Speed Fibre Group has an annual turnover in excess of €80 million, a dedicated team of over 230 professionals, and a customer base exceeding 11,000. With offices in Limerick and Dublin, Speed Fibre Group plays a pivotal role in shaping the connectivity landscape of Ireland.

Speed Fibre Group is owned by Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited, an operationally focused specialist digital infrastructure investor. The business primarily invests in the core infrastructure of the digital economy – data centres, fibre-optic networks and telecommunication and broadcast towers in Europe and North America. Further details about can be found here: www.cordiantdigitaltrust.com

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