Pro AV Industry To Benefit From New Telstra Fibre Network
The move will see several schools move to new communication and display gear as a result of having fast broadband said a senior executive at Electroboard amajor supplier of equiptment to Australian schools.
The Telstra contract “will bring the benefits of improved broadband services to more than 1.2 million students at over 2400 sites statewide,” said NSW Education Minister Verity Firth, announcing the project.
Firth said the program builds on the NSW Government’s $158 million Connected Classrooms program and supports the Commonwealth Government’s $2.1 billion Digital Education Revolution. The Connected Classrooms program includes $66 million to install interactive whiteboards and video-conferencing facilities in all NSW public schools by 2011; and $29 million for all students to have their own secure, online workspace for receiving and posting homework.
A Telstra spokesman said the fibre rollout would begin immediately and continue until September next year. Speeds would range from 4Mbps to 100Mbps, depending on the needs of the school.
A flexible system would mean bandwidth provided to schools could be increased or decreased to meet temporary spikes in demand as well as growth or declines in the student population.
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