O2 pact with HEAnet to release €10 a month student broadband

22 Aug 2011

Mobile operator O2 has joined forces with HEAnet to offer low cost internet access to Irish students for €9.99 a month. The deal is also available to staff at HEAnet client institutions.

The offer covers smartphones, laptops and tablet computers.

On a 12 month contract students can access 10GB of data per month for €9.99.

The student internet promotion will be available from 1 September 2011.

For students not keen to sign up to a long term contract there are offers available on prepay and on shorter term 30 day rolling contracts.

Signing up to an O2/HEAnet student internet offer also gives students access to exclusive O2 educational and lifestyle discounts including 20PC discount at Hughes and Hughes bookstore, and €4 tickets at IMC and Omniplex cinemas.

“The 21st century student needs greater access to online research and collaboration tools anytime, anywhere. With this low cost deal our students will also have access ‘anyway’ on their smartphones, laptops, tablets and other wireless devices,” HEAnet CEO John Boland said.

Students can sign up to O2’s discounted internet offers in any of O2’s retail stores nationwide. O2 will also bring an internet roadshow to HEAnet client institutions this Autumn, at which students will also be able to sign up to the new offers.

“At O2, we understand the financial pressures that today’s students are under, as well as the flexibility they require in terms of how they access the internet,” Gina Fusco, Consumer Director Telefónica Ireland said.

“We are delighted to work with HEAnet to give students and academic staff access to O2’s leading edge mobile internet services at a great price,” Fusco added.

O2 is currently expanding its 21Mbps high speed broadband network nationwide offering significantly faster download and uplink speeds for customers.

The 21Mbps network is already live in urban centres – including Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Sligo – and in a number of regional towns, while a further 38 towns around the country will be upgraded to 21Mbps later this year.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years