Paraparaumu College, on the Kapiti Coast, has spent $100,000 on servers, fibre optic cable and upgrading its aging Novell Groupwise software.
According to www.stuff.co.nz the network has nine managed stackable switches with gigabit ports and a managed fibre gigabit switch, all supplied by Nasdaq-listed telco equipment maker Netgear.
The school's next plan is to add WiFi to the network so teachers can connect wirelessly using notebook computers.
To put this in perspective, the college has 1380 students, 150 staff and 250 computers, and is not private and does not have an IT based curriculum. In short it is pretty ordinary, but it has a gigabit Ethernet network.
One of the ways to wind up a Kiwi in the UK is to say New Zealand is just like England twenty or thirty years ago (or think it is part of Australia or Canada). So how many state run schools in the UK have a gigabit Ethernet network?
[Nick Farrell went to college in Van Diemen's Land, sorry NZ. Ed] µ
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