NSW public schools promised 10x internet speed increase under $328 million deal

By Matthew Elmas

Tuesday October 20, 2020

public schools

More than 2000 public schools across NSW will receive internet upgrades in a $328 million deal between the state government and telecommunications giant Telstra.

Minister for education Sarah Mitchell today announced an expected tenfold increase in internet speed across NSW’s public schools system, with more than 5200 kilometres of fibre slated to be laid down.

“This upgrade will bypass existing network constraints meaning all our schools will be on a high-speed connection in the next 18 months, three years ahead of schedule,” Mitchell said in a statement.

The upgrade will be the first to NSW public school telecommunications infrastructure in some time and will address persistent issues with large bandwidth requirements.

“The internet speed will no longer constrict teachers’ lesson, and they will benefit from more reliable video conferencing and professional development opportunities,” Mitchell said.

“This is not just about downloading websites and videos faster. The project will give students access to new immersive learning opportunities.”

Telstra says the network, which is being built as a dedicated service for NSW public schools, will be one of the largest fibre networks in the world once completed.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the NSW Department of Education to ensure all students, regardless of where they live, will have access to the amazing learning opportunities that quality, high-speed connectivity brings,” Telstra Enterprise Group executive Michael Ebeid said in a statement.

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