All three schools based in the Chatham Islands became better connected this April, with Network for Learning (N4L) and Wireless Nation rolling out the Rural Connectivity Group’s (RCG) new 4G network. N4L is proud to support this initiative, which is a result of the Ministry of Education’s mission to connect every school in Aotearoa, even the smallest remote schools with less than ten students.
The network gives students and teachers in Kaingaroa School, Pitt Island School and Te One School access to a more reliable internet connection and increased internet speeds.
Prior to the upgrade, the Chatham Islands frequently experienced internet outages due to their remote location and wet and windy climate.
Philip Graydon, Principal of Kaingaroa School says the internet is three times faster than before.
“It’s now reliable especially when our students are on Mathletics! Previously, about 30% of Zoom calls would fail and drop out. Since the install, no Zoom or Teams calls have failed.”
N4L CEO, Larrie Moore says, “One of our priorities at N4L is ensuring all schools and kura across the country have access to a network that’s fit for purpose. Schools’ terrain and remoteness can make this a challenge, so we’re delighted to be able to bring 4G to these three schools.
The new network will offer more learning opportunities and experiences to ākonga, giving them brighter futures,” he adds.
N4L worked closely with Wireless Nation to deliver the 4G Fixed Wireless Broadband service for the Chatham Islands schools.
“Wireless Nation is delighted to partner with N4L to achieve a successful upgrade rollout, despite challenges in logistics.” says Wireless Nation General Manager, Andy Derleth.
“The new 4G network is a major leap for the community to have access to simple and easily deployable 4G Wireless Broadband offerings,” he adds.
Rob Campbell, Group Manager – Business Services, Te Puna Hanganga, Matihiko comments:
“A key objective for the Ministry of Education is to reduce barriers to education, and continually improving the Managed Network service is an essential component to meet this in an increasingly digital world. This improved service for some of New Zealand’s most geographically remote schools means better connectivity for the learners and their local communities. The Ministry is very pleased with the work N4L and Wireless Nation have done to enhance connectivity for schools on the Chatham Islands.”
The new Chatham Island RCG network has been possible because of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative phase two.
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About Network for Learning (N4L)
Network for Learning (N4L) is a Crown-owned (Public Finance Act schedule 4a) technology company dedicated to closing the digital divide by delivering world class customer support, internet, cybersecurity and cyber safety products and services. It has built and now operates and secures Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest managed network, meeting the connectivity and cybersecurity needs of 2,450+ schools and kura and more than 855,000 ākonga and kaiako.
About Wireless Nation
Wireless Nation is a New Zealand based Internet Service Provider that provides fast broadband to homes and businesses throughout New Zealand. Since 2005, Wireless Nation has consistently provided fast broadband anywhere it’s needed, from apartments in Auckland’s CBD to the remote Chatham Islands. For more information, please visit www.wirelessnation.co.nz