UPC selected to provide 100Mbps fibre to 48 national schools in Dublin

25 Nov 2013

Siobhan Roache, Shannon Doherty, Hanzalah Babur, Sean Greene, Aaron Lynch and Laura O'Shea at St Patrick's National School, Diswellstown

Cable TV and broadband firm UPC has been selected to provide 100Mbps fibre broadband to 48 schools in Dublin. Across Ireland, the company is supplying 71 schools with fibre broadband as part of the Schools Broadband Scheme.

These schools include St Patrick’s National School, Diswellstown; Manor House School, Raheny; Dominican College, Drumcondra; Castaheany Educate Together, Clonsilla; St John of God National School, Artane; and Colaiste Dhulaigh, Bonnybrook.

“The provision of superfast broadband in schools is vital to ensure Irish children are equipped with the technological resources needed to flourish in today’s modern school system and digital economy,” explained Henry Minogue, CIO VP of UPC Ireland.

“We have invested over €500m in our fibre-powered network which is enabling these developments. A report by Amárach Research, commissioned by UPC, on Ireland’s digital future, found that the digital economy has the potential to create 18,000 jobs. As part of that future, schools and children are of tremendous importance and I am glad UPC can assist in this journey of providing schools and children with the resources to take advantage of this opportunity.

“UPC’s fibre-powered network allows us to provide empowering products and services to these schools. We worked in partnership with HEAnet, Ireland’s national education and research network, to provide superfast and secure broadband to classrooms across Ireland to meet the needs of today’s students,” Minogue said.

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