Student mobile broadband wars set to begin

25 Nov 2008

Mobile operators offering mobile broadband will begin vying for the hearts – and wallets – of connected third-level students, following the latest deal by O2 and HEAnet (Ireland’s National Education and Research Network) to offer mobile broadband for €13 a month.

O2 today announced a special student rate for mobile broadband, in conjunction with HEAnet. A student can have access to broadband for as little as €13 per month with 10GB of usage.

This offer is being rolled out to all participating HEAnet Institutions. HEAnet provides networking services to all Irish universities, institutes of technology and other higher education and research organisations.

This enables students to gain access to broadband connectivity from anywhere at any time from O2.

Students availing of the special rate can opt for a 12-month contract, which costs €13 per month with a 10GB data allowance, saving the student €12 per month.

Alternatively, a nine-month contract is available for €15 per month, with 5GB data allowance, enabling a saving of €15 per month. Prices include VAT.

“This is a very exciting service for our students, who in the modern environment need ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to the internet,” said John Boland, CEO of HEAnet.

O2 claims to be the only provider to offer its customers HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access) functionality, which allows up to three-times faster upload speeds over 3G broadband. This is the first scheme of its kind in the country, the company said.

HEAnet said students can sign up to the discounted broadband offer in their local O2 retail store or on campus, or go to for more details.

By John Kennedy

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