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High speed internet connects SA students

23 June 2020

High-speed internet connection has been delivered to nearly every government school in South Australia.

The $80 million first stage of the SWiFT internet program has seen hundreds of kilometres of fibre optic cable laid out across the state to reach around 500 school sites, giving them access to the some of the fastest internet speeds in the country.

Auburn Primary School became the latest school to be hooked up to high speed fibre optic cable, with the mid north school joining 179,000 students and 22,000 teachers who are benefiting from the statewide rollout.

A remaining 11 regional and remote sites with complex implementation requirements will be connected to high-speed internet by the end of the year.

The State Government has also begun extending the rollout of high-speed internet to all preschools and children’s centres, as part of an additional $50 million investment that will also include improved internet security across all schools, improved content filtering software and a modern network architecture.

So far 150 preschools have been connected, with all preschools set to be complete by mid-2021.

Briony Ackland, Principal of Auburn Primary School, welcomed the connection.

“This connection enables our teachers to take full advantage of the opportunities a reliable and high quality internet connection affords them,” said Ms Ackland.

“It makes sure our country kids don’t have to miss out on anything students in the city have access to.”

Find out more about SWiFT: Schools With internet Fibre Technology.