UPC boosts internet speeds in Dublin schools

48 schools in Dublin to benefit from 100Mb fibre broadband

David Baker
by David Baker on 26th November, 2013

Broadband, phone and digital TV provider UPC, is helping schools educate children by supplying super-fast broadband.

Across Ireland, 71 schools will benefit from 100Mb fibre broadband internet being supplied by UPC Ireland as part of the Schools Broadband Scheme.

In Dublin alone 48 schools are set to benefit including St Patrick’s National School in Diswellstown, Manor House School in Raheny and Dominican College in Drumcondra.

Other schools to get the 100Mb fibre broadband include Castaheany Educate Together in Clonsilla, St John of God National School in Artane and Colaiste Dhulaigh in Bonnybrook.

“The provision of super-fast broadband in schools is vital to ensure Irish children are equipped with the technological resources needed to flourish in today’s modern school system and digital economy,” said Henry Minogue, CIO VP of UPC Ireland.

He explained that UPC Ireland has invested more than €500 million in its fibre powered network and stated that the digital community has the potential to create 18,000 jobs.

“UPC’s fibre powered network allows us to provide empowering products and services to these schools,” he added.

“We worked in partnership with HEAnet, Ireland’s national education and research network, to provide super-fast and secure broadband to classrooms across Ireland to meet the needs of today’s students.”

Páiric Clerkin, Principal of St Patrick’s National School, Diswellstown, said UPC’s new super-fast broadband would change the learning process for many children.

“Our school community is focussed on the enablement of skills that will prepare our students for life and living in an increasingly rapidly evolving society,” he said.

“Access to technology and digital media is essential for social inclusion and future career prospects and it forms a key element of our total school curriculum.”

HEAnet is Ireland’s National Educational and Research Network which works to provide cutting edge Internet, IT and e-Infrastructure services to Educational and Research organisations in Ireland.

Its services underpin academic research in the country with around one million people across the various levels of education relying on them every day for their learning and research.

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