​N4L connects 90 percent of schools to Managed Network

“We are keeping ahead of the demand curve trend by proactively building new capability into the network..."

N4L is marking a milestone with 90 percent of the country’s schools connected to its Managed Network, providing better internet access to 735,000 teachers and students throughout New Zealand.

Associate Minister of Education Nikki Kaye says the Managed Network rollout is running about a year ahead of schedule, with the remaining schools able to connect next year.

N4L is also marking the two-year anniversary since the first school connection, with West Auckland’s Massey Primary connecting to the Managed Network at the end of November 2013.

Currently, there are under 2,300 connected schools and N4L CEO John Hanna says he’s encouraged by the company’s achievements to date, but also acknowledges there is still more work to be done once all schools are connected.

“The way schools use the internet is constantly evolving and the demand is skyrocketing, with increasing numbers using online learning programmes and video,” Hanna says.

“We are keeping ahead of the demand curve trend by proactively building new capability into the network, ensuring schools have more than enough internet to meet their classroom needs, and that they’ve got access to tools like web filtering to keep the environment safe for students.”

Hanna credits the steady rollout rate to the company’s collaborative approach.

“Our recipe for success is to work very closely with schools and technology vendors, such as Spark Digital, to ensure every school’s needs are catered to, and that our technology and services are designed with growth in mind,” he adds.

During the last three months, Hanna says N4L has noticed a “significant increase” in traffic running on the Managed Network, with schools collectively accessing 12.9 billion web pages, streaming 1.7 billion minutes of video and using 1.8 petabytes of data.

In the same period, N4L’s web filtering and network security services have blocked more than 191 million inappropriate pages; 19k viruses and 1.3 million instances of adware, spyware and other unwanted applications.