New Zealand’s Network for Learning (N4L) is announcing the partners that will assist it with its school network equipment upgrade, with a panel of 19 local technology companies selected to install the new equipment. A further ten technology companies were appointed to a second panel that will provide schools technology support for connecting devices to their upgraded network if needed.
N4L appointed the two new technology panels following a competitive tender process.
As more schools begin to offer exams online and explore new ways of using technology for learning, the new Wi-Fi 6 network equipment will allow more student devices to connect to the school’s internet and stream simultaneously, without impacting speed or reliability.
Earlier in May, the Ministry of Education (MOE) selected the Wi-Fi 6 equipment supplier (CommScope Ruckus). N4L said it’s responsible for the installation, management and ongoing support of this equipment within the schools.
As such, N4L will be alerted of network performance issues remotely, so they can troubleshoot them for schools, freeing up time and resources for busy teaching staff to focus on student learning.
The upgrade is part of a wider programme, Te Mana Tuhono (The power of connectivity) launched by MOE to remove the burden on schools to monitor, maintain and manage their school networks.