Plugged into the ultrafast highway

NEED FOR SPEED: New Plymouth Girls High School’s 15-year-old Jessie Saward demonstrates just how quick the new ultra-fast broadband is after being hooked up last week.
NEED FOR SPEED: New Plymouth Girls High School’s 15-year-old Jessie Saward demonstrates just how quick the new ultra-fast broadband is after being hooked up last week.

A New Plymouth high school is the first to hook on to the region's ultra-fast broadband.

On Friday, New Plymouth Girls High School went live and teachers and students are already benefiting.

Manager of ICT services at the school, Pete Zawodny, said time spent waiting for graphics and photos to upload on websites is now non-existent.

"Teachers do a lot of editing of documents online that is just so much faster now," he said.

Despite the fact senior students are all on study leave, Mr Zawodny said even when they all returned next year the speed would not alter.

Before the switchover on Friday the school's download speed was 15 megabytes per second and uploading was 700 kilobytes per second.

Those speeds have skyrocketed to 100Mbps for both uploading and downloading. In real terms that means an MP3 song will now only take 0.36 seconds to download, which is 85 per cent faster than before.

Primo Wireless is the internet service provider for the school, which simply means hooking up another router, Mr Zawodny said.

Year 10 digital technology student Chenae Longstaff said she had been trying out the new speeds with her classmates.

"Everything is a lot quicker, especially when you're searching images on Google," she said.

"Doing activities in the classroom doesn't mean waiting around for things to load anymore."

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