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HEAnet: helping Ireland’s students to stay connected

HEAnet Interim CEO and Chief Technology Officer, Ronan Byrne, was interviewed by eolas magazine in Ireland. He spoke about expanding the eduroam service beyond the confines of the college campus and partnering with both the public and the private sectors to assist third-level students studying remotely during a pandemic.

“The ambition of our latest connectivity initiative, eduroam Everywhere, is to extend eduroam coverage beyond the college campus to other public infrastructure and public buildings, but also to private commercial infrastructure such as retail outlets and conference centres. There is a big challenge to address in making quality broadband available for every higher education learner in the country. We wish to make eduroam available nearer to people’s remote location and help them to gain access to the internet and thus enable access to the materials they need to continue their education.”

Submitted by Barbara Carroll

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Barbara joined HEAnet in November 2020 as PR & Marketing Coordinator. Barbara has over 7 years of marketing experience which includes Brand Management and Product Management at Saint-Gobain Construction Products and Marketing Management in an innovative start-up Smarter Surfaces.

Barbara has a BA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Szczecin, Poland and an MBA from the National College of Ireland.