Telstra Partners with Vic Government on $ 100 Million Schools Internet Speed Upgrade
Telstra is working alongside the Victorian government to increase the internet speeds of more than 1,600 public schools in the state with a combined investment of $ 100 million.
The deal will see Victorian public schools’ bandwidth speeds increase to a minimum of 1 Mbps per student, with bandwidth ranging from 40 Mbps to 3 Gbps and schools receiving aggregate bandwidth of 870 Gbps.
In addition, the project will also provide “fair connectivity,” according to the phone company, as part of what it calls a shared bandwidth bank, with Telstra claiming that the state’s metro and regional students will have the same. connectivity performance.
Deployment has already started, with work completed at over 700 public schools.
“Telstra’s connectivity has proven to be crucial for Victorian students learning at home during COVID shutdowns and they will now have access to high-speed broadband whether they are in classrooms in Melbourne or across the country. of Victoria, ”said David Burns, director of Telstra Enterprise Group.
Telstra will contribute $ 40 million to the capital works investment pool, with a focus on improving connectivity in regional and rural areas that are unable to achieve broadband speeds increased.
“Telstra’s $ 40 million investment in broadband connectivity will not only benefit Victorian schools, but the community at large, laying the essential foundation for the flow of benefits from 4G and 5G mobile networks,” said added Burns.
The telephone company has previously worked on overhauling internet services in schools, which includes its work in New South Wales announced last year to improve speeds at more than 2,000 schools, which are expected to use more than 5 200 km of fiber.
Telstra’s work with Victorian Schools follows the renewal of its agreement with the Federal Department of Defense for the provision of critical network and telecommunications services in a new agreement worth more than ‘a billion dollars.
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