Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye has revealed an agreement with multi-network infrastructure company Vector, designed to enable more schools to access the $211 million, Government-funded N4L Managed Network.
“The Managed Network provides schools with fast, reliable internet and uncapped data, as well as services such as web filtering, network security and helpdesk support,” Kaye says.
Before the Managed Network was launched in 2013, some schools in areas where fibre was already available became early adopters of digital learning, through fibre connections provided by companies such as Vector.
“Agreements such as this one mean that rather than build new fibre infrastructure in areas where it already exists, the Government will instead pay a rental to existing fibre providers,” Kaye adds.
“This will allow more schools to be connected sooner to the Managed Network, and start benefitting from the full range of services it offers.”
The Vector agreement follows similar commercial arrangements with other independent fibre providers around the country and will see a further 54 schools, mostly on Auckland’s North Shore, be able to connect to the Managed Network.
“These agreements are important to the rollout and success of the Managed Network,” Kaye adds.
"Without them, we’d have to double up on infrastructure. We want every young person to have access to high-quality internet for learning, no matter where they go to school.
“This is about doing what’s best for students and schools in the most efficient way possible.”
According to Kaye, more than 2050 schools - or around 80 percent of all schools in New Zealand - have connected to the Managed Network so far.
Another 10 percent are expected to connect by the end of the year, with all participating schools able to connect by the end of 2016.