Value for Schools Being Part of the REANNZ Community is Demonstrated
We have recently completed projects to monitor schools network traffic. The Mid Canterbury Schools cluster connected to the REANNZ Network in 2011. During Term 2, 2012, as part of a project for the Ministry of Education, we monitored the traffic that this cluster of 23 schools generated. The data collected clearly shows the value of being part of the REANNZ community.
The numbers - for the total cluster traffic:
- 48.5% travelled over the REANNZ Network
- 26.7% came across REANNZ’s international link from Sydney
- 33.3% was sourced from New Zealand based caches
Once a school is connected and part of the REANNZ community they have “all you can eat” access to the network for a fixed fee, unlike most ISPs.
The more content and services that are available on our network, the greater the value is to our members. Through our “settlement-free-peering policy” REANNZ is continuously adding content to the network, meaning that as more content is carried on the REANNZ Network, ISP fees that our members have to pay, will go down.
Find the report here, and see our website if you want to join the REANNZ community.
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Another 23 Greater Christchurch Schools Network schools connect to KAREN.
Connection of Christchurch NEN trial extension schools completed
This week we celebrated the connection of an additional 23 Greater Christchurch Schools Network (GCSN) schools to the National Education Network Trial Extension. This brings the number of GCSN National Education Network Trial Extension schools on KAREN to 30, and completes this component of the project.
We welcomed the first seven Christchurch NEN extension schools back in October: Seven schools welcomed to KAREN (18 October 2010)
KAREN member list
NEN trial extension
We’re keeping schools up to date with progress on the National Education Network trial extension via the ICT in schools magazine, Interface. If you’re interested in this project, you too can now see these regular updates on our website.
Keeping up to date on the NEN
To keep schools informed on our progress, REANNZ is publishing a regular project update in Interface Magazine. If you don’t subscribe to Interface, or missed an earlier article you can find them here:
These will be available from our NEN: information for schools page following their formal publication in the hard copy of Interface Magazine (http://www.interfacemagazine.co.nz/).
REANNZ released a RFP for edge routers for the National Education Network trial extension last night.
NEN RFP released
A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued last night by REANNZ for the supply of Layer 3 ethernet routers for schools participating in the National Education Network (NEN) Trial Extension. REANNZ has been contracted by the Ministry of Education to procure network components, including routers, for up to 200 schools that are being invited to participate in the NEN trial extension which runs until June 2011.
The NEN provides dedicated network connectivity for schools using KAREN and provides high speed, unrestricted broadband (100 Mb/s or greater) to schools. The purpose of the NEN router is to allow trial schools to gain access to KAREN and commodity internet services using local fibre networks.
Copies of the RFP can be obtained from the Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS) at www.gets.govt.nz. The RFP, titled Supply of Routers for the National Education Network is document number 29480 on GETS. Tenders must be submitted by 4pm on 14 May 2010.
All communications relating to this RFP, or requests for clarification or further information, should be directed in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the NEN trial extension
If your school has open-access fibre or will have by June 2010, we want to hear from you. We’re holding executive briefings with Principals of schools that may qualify to participate in the National Education Network trial extension, beginning 15 February. We encourage you to register your interest now.
Invitation to participate in the NEN trial
In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, we’ve issued an invitation to schools that we think already have access to fibre through an open-access provider or that expect to have access by 30 June 2010, to take part in the NEN extension.
Executive briefings with Principals of schools that may qualify for the trial will be held 15 February – 2 March in five locations across the country. These briefings will discuss the goals of the trial and explain what the implications might be for participating schools. Briefings are being held 12.30 to 2.00pm at the following locations/dates:
- North Shore, Monday 15 February
- Christchurch, Tuesday 16 February
- Wellington, Wednesday 17 February
- Nelson, Monday 22 February
- Palmerston North, Tuesday 2 March
A light lunch will be served from midday at each briefing. Visit our schools information page for more details and to register for a meeting:
NEN: Information for schools
NEN School Survey
To register your interest in participating in the NEN trial extension, please complete the schools survey by Friday 26 February 2010. This will provide us with the necessary information to proceed with detailed planning for connecting your school to the NEN.
NEN Schools Survey