Network for Learning; second level .nz names

Network for Learning says 20 schools have begun moving to the company’s managed network. It also demonstrated its portal which will open in earnest at the start of the next school year.

The business was set up by the government to help schools use the UFB and RBI networks being built in New Zealand. It also has the job of encouraging digital learning.

N4L aims to have 700 schools on its network by the end of 2014. Eventually the network will connect more than 800,000 students, teachers and admin staff.

The idea behind N4L is to give schools security along with a higher level of service quality and support than they have previously seen. N4L also aims to make internet performance more predictable, which makes applications like videoconferencing more practical. By offering centralised support, it hopes to shoulder some of the burden of running school internet leaving teachers to get on with teaching.

N4L’s network will mainly run over the UFB fibre network, but for the 25 percent of the country not covered by the network it will use the RBI network and the technologies delivering broadband to remote areas.

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