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HEAnet History Timeline
  • 1983

    Formed as a collaborative endeavour between member institutions and began operation.
  • 1993 - 1997

    Managed by UCD Computing Services under contract to HEAnet.
  • 1997

    HEAnet becomes a founding member of INEX – The Internet Neutral Exchange with connections at 512 Kbps. HEAnet was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. John Boland was appointed as the first HEAnet CEO.
  • 1998

    Connectivity up to 2 Mbps and our first wireless connection delivered to DIAS (Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies)
  • 2001

    Established TransAtlantic connectivity to USA and beyond First HEAnet Conference
  • 2004

    Connectivity up to 1 Gbps
  • 2005

    First Schools connected under the Department of Education’s Schools Broadband Programme – targeting 1/2Mb to 2Mb.
  • 2008

    Phased migration of IoTs from ITnet to the HEAnet network
  • 2010

    Edugate, our national federated access solution which today supports 40 million authentications annually was launched.
  • 2012

    Origins of the Brokerage Services Team, which now delivers in excess of €7m in savings for the sector annually.
  • 2012 - 2014

    HEAnet managed the delivery of 100Mb/s connections to every post-primary school on behalf of the Irish government.
  • 2015

    EduCampus Services set up as a subsidiary of HEAnet.
  • 2016

    HEAnet started providing 10Gbit/s circuit for the I-Lofar project
  • 2017

    John Boland, CEO retired Kerrie Power appointed as CEO
  • 2020

    HEAnet procured 16,700 laptops for students and launched the eduroam Everywhere project in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 2021

    Ronan Byrne appointed as CEO. HEAnet and EduCampus were recognised as Best in Health & Wellbeing by InBusiness Recognition Awards 2021 run by Chambers Ireland.
  • 2022

    Successful rollout of eduroam Wi-Fi in almost 500 new locations. First HEAnet client connected at 100Gbps
  • 2023

    HEAnet introduces new SOC & SIEM Services.