Best Specialist Provider category recognises N4L’s unique student-focussed Managed Network

Network for Learning (N4L) has been named as a finalist in the 2018 Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards.

The annual awards celebrate the “very best of the broadband industry” with N4L’s student-focussed Managed Network internet services earning the company a finalist nomination in the “Best Specialist Provider” category.

New this year, the Best Specialist Broadband Provider award recognises organisations offering a unique product created and marketed to meet the needs of a specific New Zealand audience.

N4L’s audiences are the 2400+ schools in New Zealand, where the government-funded Managed Network connects 99% of schools to fast and reliable internet services that are fully managed and supported.

With 825,000 students and teachers using N4L’s internet services, the Managed Network is the largest of its kind in the New Zealand. To reach all schools across the country, the Managed Network uses infrastructure supplied by 14 broadband companies.

Its national scope and design does not exist within any other sector in New Zealand and is possibly unique in the world.

Students at Tauranga Boys College using the Managed Network for learning. The college was recently transitioned to an upgraded Managed Network. Watch the video to hear what the recent upgrade means for them.

“It is an honour to be named as a finalist for the specialist broadband provider category,” says N4L CEO Larrie Moore. “There is no question that we are here to support New Zealand schools – which absolutely need a trusted and fully supported smart and safe internet connection that can be used where and how they want to learn.

“N4L was created to give all young New Zealanders seamless access to the digital world to help them succeed in education and beyond.”

In addition to uncapped internet services, N4L’s Managed Network connection packages come with network security and web filtering services to boost schools’ protection against online threats. A helpdesk specifically designed for schools is also part of the package, catering to the needs of principals, teachers, and their local IT support companies.

Winners of the Broadband Compare TUANZ Awards 2018 will be announced at an awards evening taking place in Auckland on November 8th 2018.

“We work with, and alongside many of the broadband providers named as finalists and wish them the very best of luck on awards night,” says Mr Moore.

Established to support the government’s goals for education, N4L works alongside education, government, and technology partners to help schools reduce their IT complexity and get the most from digital connectivity so they can focus on great teaching and learning.