2 Aug 2013

Telecom wins internet in schools contract

12:30 pm on 2 August 2013

The Government has signed a contract with Telecom making it the sole provider of broadband internet to all New Zealand schools.

Under the $211 million contract all schools will get access to a combination of ultra-fast, rural and remote broadband services depending on their location.

The service will be centrally managed, meaning schools will not have to support their own internet connection.

Telecom will also host a network of educational resources called the Network for Learning.

The Government announced the deal on Friday, months later than originally expected.

It says more than 700 schools will be connected to the network by the end of next year, and all schools will be invited to connect by 2016. Telecom's contract runs until 2020.