NSW Education inks $280m Telstra deal

NSW Education inks $280m Telstra deal

Summary: NSW Minister for Education, Verity Firth, today said that the government had signed on Telstra to bring fast broadband to over 1.2 million students.

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NSW Minister for Education, Verity Firth, today said that the government had signed on Telstra to bring fast broadband to over 1.2 million students.

(Credit: Alex Serpo/ZDNet.com.au)

The $280 million contract will run for four years and span 2400 sites, according to Firth.

"Telstra says the network will be the largest in Australia and one of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere," she said in a statement.

Over 4500 kilometres of fibre will be rolled out, creating 150 jobs, according to Firth. The roll-out starts now and will continue until September, a Telstra spokesperson said. Speeds will range from 4Mbps to 100Mbps, depending on the needs of the school.

"A flexible system means bandwidth provided to schools can be increased or decreased to meet temporary spikes in demand as well as growth of declines in the student population," Firth said.

Victoria made the move to fast broadband for schools last year, with all sites undergoing a Telstra led upgrade from 4Mbps to 10Mbps, funded through the government's $89.3 million VicSmart Initiative.

Catholic schools also agreed in July to pay the telco $146 million to connect 1550 schools.

Firth said that the investment added onto NSW's investment in connected classrooms; $66 million to install interactive whiteboards and video-conferencing facilities in all NSW schools by 2011, and $29 million for all students to have their own secure online workspace for receiving and handing in homework.

The Federal Government also spent $2.1 billion on its Digital Education Revolution, bringing a computer to each year nine to 12 student.

Topics: Broadband, Government, Government AU, Telcos, Telstra, NBN

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  • Good work Telstra

    Good to see Telstra winning the business of organizations such as this. Certainly proves they have the goods and services, and that the NSW Education Department recognizes that fact.

    Go Telstra !!!
    anonymous
  • Good one

    A good win for Telstra and Schools..
    anonymous
  • God Bless Telstra, lol

    I don't thiink anyone ever doubted Telstra's ability, just willingness.

    After all, they were gifted a huge head start - monopoly PSTN, which they have sat back and profited from for 17 years (and whinged because others were allowed to PAY to use it, too lol), so they have been able to build a platform for future investment form these GIFTED profits..

    Interesting too, you applaud the NSW Labor government for this, while simultaneously bagging the Federal Labor government and calling them blackmailing commies, lol.

    Then I suppose being the disgusting Greedy Shareholder you are (thanks for the admission) you aren't happy unless Telstra have the monopoly on everything, are you? So...
    anonymous
  • It is about time

    It is about time that Telstra move to fiber optic to the consumer. They have sat idly on a copper mountain for decades while our asia pacific brothers have moved forward in leaps and bounds. Telstra's lack of investment in innovation has impacted australia and put us years behind the technology curve.
    anonymous
  • Spend and compete Telstra opponents.

    It's time Telstra opponents ceased their cunning propaganda agenda to damage Telstra in an attempt to gain advantage for themselves.

    With the Rudd Government now in the challenging process of rolling out their proposed NBFTTH fibre network, normal competitive processes should be allowed to work.

    Why the Government needs to proceed with the break-up of Telstra is confusing. Let NBNCo build, let Telstra compete and let the Australian consumer decide.
    anonymous
  • willingness

    At least Telstra are doing it RS. Don't see any other provider crawling over broken glass to do something for their customers.

    Dont think the issue has been about others paying for it but how much they payed for it.

    You really are a sour individual aren't you RS? Can't make an argument without name calling.
    anonymous
  • re willingness.................!

    "You really are a sour individual aren't you RS? Can't make an argument without name calling."

    You are 110% correct there. I'll bet it won't be long before you receive even more nonsense, from this incredibly sour individual.
    anonymous
  • Telstra?

    You know you have a real problem when you have to mention RS more than either the topic or your wonderful Telstra.
    anonymous
  • Telstra Opponents

    Ah those dastardly Telstra opponents!

    To be fair, these opponents do have quite a bunch of cunning stunts, in contrast to Telstra supporters ,who are simply a bunch of stunning ..
    anonymous
  • Cop it sweet Davo.

    Davo at least we are stunning. Not just a straight out **** like U. lol.
    anonymous
  • ha

    stunningly stupid
    anonymous
  • Ha Ha.

    Perhaps. Time will tell.
    anonymous
  • Good to see you can still laugh...

    Sydney...

    You paid $7.40 for the bulk of your wife's TLS shares, so you said for the "whole world to see" on NWAT (so I'm not telling tales out of school) and they are now worth just $3.33.

    Minus $4.07 (-55%) per share...seems time (it been 10 years!) has already told and it has told in a big way.

    Glad you can still laugh about it, but it does explain the irrational, desperate comments
    anonymous
  • RS more like BS

    heading says it all!

    For the latest update of the Telstra share price just look for RS' latest comments in reply to a Sydney Lawrence comment.

    Not saying that either are 100% correct but at least one of these two try to use some form of intelligence in their argument
    anonymous
  • Gee

    Anon - "Not saying that either (RS & SL) are 100% correct but at least one of these two try to use some form of intelligence in their argument".

    From above -

    RS - 23/11, Minus $4.07 (-55%) per share...seems time (it been 10 years!) has already told and it has told in a big way.

    SL - 23/11, Davo at least we are stunning. Not just a straight out **** like U.

    Guess which one uses the intelligence?
    anonymous
  • Clowns will be clowns.

    Lighten up RS after being subjected to your mind destroying diatribe a little levity is in order.
    anonymous
  • but

    Not being very useful, I can't claim to be a ****. Unless you are calling me four star?
    anonymous
  • Yes you will, Krusty...

    There's an old saying about growing old gracefully, Sydney.

    Unfortunately, once again you demonstrate that you are... "growing old disgracefully".
    anonymous
  • Whats the difference?

    Then you have no relationship to the "policeman's baton' or the "magicians wand" Davo?
    anonymous