HEAnet first extended its network connectivity services to Ireland’s schools back in 2005 as part of an agreement with the Department of Education & Science under its Broadband for Schools initiative. Under this programme, HEAnet have provided all of Ireland’s primary and post-primary schools (approx. 4,000 schools) with high-availability Internet and network security services, including filtered Internet access.
In 2009, on foot of successful provision of network services to schools under the Broadband for Schools programme, HEAnet were subsequently appointed to manage a new high-speed network providing 100 Mbit/s to Ireland’s 750 (approx.) post-primary schools. This 100 Mbit/s High-Speed Schools Network is co-sponsored by the Dept. of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and the Dept. of Education & Skills.
Connecting schools to the HEAnet network serves to leverage investment made in the higher education network to date. HEAnet and the respective Government Departments remain very appreciative of the continued support of Higher Education Institutions in enabling cost-effective delivery of network connectivity to Ireland’s schools.
HEAnet also provide Irish schools with a managed router making the Schools Network one of the largest managed networks in Ireland.