Thursday, May 10, 2012

NZ Ultra-Fast Broadband in Schools

The New Zealand Ministry of Education has issued a Request for Proposal for a "Network for Learning: Ultra-Fast Broadband in Schools" (9 May 2012). Registered companies can download "Document 2: Network Requirements" (GETS Reference 36203), which has a comprehensive description of the proposed system, including Domain Name Service, Remote Access to School LANs, Peering, Software Update Distribution, Caching, SMTP, Security, Managed Firewall, Managed Content Filtering, Proxy Services, Identity and Access Management.

While emphasizing the benefits for learning to students at individual schools, this national approach will also allow NZ to lower overall costs and it will also allow students and teachers to move between schools and also learn and teach online, away from a school campus.

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