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New Zealand Education Ministry Reveals Progress of Managed Network
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Monday, January 20, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: New Zealand
Created: Jan 28, 2014

According to New Zealand Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye, a total of 212 schools have signed up for the Network for Learning (N4L) managed network.


The NZ$211 million (US$175 million) eight-year long project aims to provide schools with broadband connection.


Currently, 49 of the 212 schools are already connected to the network and can enjoy the internet connection funded by the Ministry.


Children at these schools can enjoy the new broadband when school opens in a few weeks. The ministry is committed to supporting technology-enabled learning, so Parata is pleased about the progress.


The government funded connection gives schools secure, reliable and fast internet with uncapped data, content filtering and network security services.


Besides cost savings, this arrangement is particularly useful for schools as it takes away the technology complexity.


Kaye said that the project is ahead of schedule at the moment, putting them in good position to connect at least 700 schools by the end of this year. The Ministry hopes that all schools will sign up for the managed network by the end of 2016.

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