AARNet ultra-fast broadband to UNE Study Centre

Published 17 May 2016

Date: 18 May 2016

Staff and students at the University of New England’s Armidale campus and the Taree Study Centre now have access to high-speed broadband internet through Australia’s national research and education network (AARNet).

AARNet cable barge, Taree

AARNet cable barge, Taree

The AARNet link connects the UNE Taree Study Centre with the main UNE campus in Armidale and will mean greater digital education opportunities for the community.

UNE PhD student in Taree, Lorraine Gordon who is also the CEO of Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast says, “this is an exciting project undertaken by UNE that will make the Study Centre a well-connected research and education hub for students of all levels.”

The project involved divers laying cable under the Manning River.

UNE staff and distance education students dropping into the study centre will have access to a high-speed broadband network connection and wireless network access service, as well as computers, videoconferencing facilities and support staff.

AARNet’s CEO, Chris Hancock says, “this is a great example of a regional university playing a role as an ‘anchor tenant’ for network infrastructure in a region, reducing the impact of distance and enabling communities to reap the benefits of transformative digital technology.”

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For further information, contact the Centre Coordinator, Yves Byers (02 6557 7190 or ybyers@une.edu.au)