Expansion of Wi-Fi roaming for students to be rolled out

by Dublin Gazette
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Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris TD, has announced the roll out of Wi-Fi roaming to further and higher education students in over 90 new locations across the country in 2021.

The initiative looks to aid in the creation of extended virtual campuses, whilst offering students multiple options to go online and connect to their Further and Higher Education institutions.

Led by HEAnet in co-operation with government departments and local authorities, the project has already made eduroam available in a number of new locations including The Convention Centre Dublin and CHQ (Custom House Quay).

HEAnet will work to expand the service nationwide to locations which are accessible to students including transport services, libraries, museums and public offices, and commercial locations like coffee shops and shopping centres.

Minister Harris said: “Education is changing and we must constantly change to adapt to these advancements. Further and higher education is increasingly about learning on the move; earning and learning and part-time learning.

“Covid-19 has resulted in an increase in the use of remote learning but it is clear that access to modern technology and connectivity is essential.

“We have already announced a fund for student devices worth €15 million and today, we are announcing steps to improve connectivity.

“This is the start of a journey. It is not the end.

“We will continue to work with transport providers, local authorities, commercial organisations and others to do more to help support students with online learning.”

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