The Internet Company of New Zealand (Iconz) has incorporated Telecom Networks’ IPNet in a system it has built to link the nation’s 700 kohanga reo.
Project Ara Hiko allows each of the early learning centres to access the Internet and the kohanga reo intranet toll-free from anywhere in the country.
The system will initially be used as an administrative tool for recording data required by the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust and the Ministry of Education, but Iconz general manager Hugh McKellar says the company will be “working with the kohanga to develop a reliable and comprehensive system that produces real educational benefits.”
Iconz devised the project in consultation with the TKR National Trust, and its CEO Iritana Tawhiwhiranga, says McKellar.
“It’s their project and they’re driving it. I think what they wanted in an ISP was one they felt they could trust, because they’d been shafted a bit and got some dodgy quotes, I think. They wanted the deal to be able to be applied to the wider social group and not just the kohanga, and some other ISPs refused to do that.”
Ara Hiko is one of the most significant third-party projects to use IPNet since its introduction earlier this year and McKellar says the network is “working pretty well at the moment. We’re getting bloody good throughput on it. It’s reliable, and it’s going to be fully redundant soon.”
IPNet will soon also be the basis for nationwide number for Iconz itself, says McKellar, “and what we’ve been asking Telecom for, for some time now is flat-rate pricing. Apparently it exists — we just haven’t seen it yet.”