The Ministry of Education, together with SaskTel, recently announced the completion of upgraded CommunityNet Internet speeds for approximately 500 schools across the province.
CommunityNet is a dedicated, wide-area network delivered by SaskTel that connects executive government, health and education sectors in the province to the Internet. SaskTel will be investing more than $5 million in capital investments over four years to upgrade CommunityNet. The Ministry of Education will also be providing an additional increase of $2 million annually for operating costs, to ensure faster, and more equitable, internet access for teachers, students, and administrators across the province.
In addition to school divisions experiencing significant improvements in speed, the core network infrastructure has been upgraded to provide enhanced connectivity to the public Internet.
The previous infrastructure carried a limit of redundant two Gigabyte (Gbps) circuits. The new infrastructure will be initially capable of as much as 20 Gbps, and will increase to 40 Gbps by early 2015 as SaskTel continues to upgrade.