Posted by TasmaNet , on December 17th, 2020
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There’s a quiet revolution underway helping Tasmanian students connect to a world class education, and TasmaNet is proud to be playing a major role. 

TasmaNet CEO Rob Vernon joined Tasmanian Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Jeremy Rockliff, at Kings Meadows High School this week to mark the build completion of nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet fibre connections to 59 public schools around the state. 

TasmaNet now delivers dependable nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet fibre connectivity to more than 100 Tasmanian schools and colleges, helping to remove historical barriers to learning for students, and unlocking access to the digital resources and online collaboration central to a modern education. 

Left: Tasmanian Deputy Premier & Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff; Federal Member for Bass, Bridget Archer; and TasmaNet CEO, Rob Vernon, chat with students at Kings Meadows High School in Launceston.

Federal Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher, announced that more than 80 per cent of Tasmanian students now have access to fibre connections, up from less than 50 per cent of students only two years ago.

Tasmania has become the highest ranked state for school broadband speeds, with around 76 per cent of public schools receiving speeds greater than 99 Mbps. 

TasmaNet connected the first nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet service in Australia, for Hobart’s St Michael’s Collegiate School, only two years ago and has rapidly become the provider of choice for schools and colleges around the country upgrading their connectivity to meet the bandwidth and security demands placed on networks by every student learning online simultaneously via a laptop or tablet.

TasmaNet CEO Rob Vernon is proud that students and educators at more than one third of all Tasmanian schools and colleges, including almost the entire Catholic Education system in the state, are benefiting from the symmetrical download and upload speeds up to nearly 1 Gbps offered by TasmaNet nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet services.   

The Tasmanian Department of Education and the Catholic Education system in Tasmania are leading the nation in adopting nbn™ Enterprise Ethernet high-speed, symmetrical fibre connectivity for their students, and we appreciate that they have selected TasmaNet to provide these critical services.
- TasmaNet CEO Rob Vernon

"This achievement is the result of the TasmaNet account management, service delivery, and network teams working directly with the business nbn™ team to seamlessly transition schools onto their new fibre connections without interruption to students and teachers, an even more impressive outcome considering the constraints we’ve all worked under during the pandemic."

"Equitable wholesale access to the national infrastructure delivered by Australia’s significant investment in the nbn™ broadband access network allows TasmaNet to provide specialised Internet, networking, data protection, and cloud services to customers in every state and territory, and this announcement demonstrates how that national investment is helping Tasmanian students to experience a world class education regardless of where they live and study."

Right: Federal Member for Bass, Bridget Archer; Principal of Kings Meadows High School, Maree Pinnington; TasmaNet CEO, Rob Vernon; and Tasmanian Deputy Premier & Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, marking the fibre build completion at Kings Meadows High School in Launceston.


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