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Friday, February 18, 2005

The PROBE programme and Telecom's SchoolZone

This Ministry of Education (?) programme was started to fund broadband expansion into the provinces (PROBE = PRovincial Broadband Extension). Details of the PROBE winners are listed here. Telecom's SchoolZone service comes under the PROBE programme.

1. Under SchoolZone, the Government pays Telecom $250 per month per school for a standard JetStream connection with some simple added services. Telecom additionally charges each school $150 per month. Total cost = $400/month per school. A Jetstream commercial service from Telecom costs $99 per month. But the extra services are not worth anywhere near the $301 difference per month per school. Your average high school student would know better.

As a side note, the SchoolZone contract states a monthly cap of 5Gb per school on Internet traffic. This is completely ridiculous as even a household Jetstream user can exeed this limit. Fortunately Telecom doesn't seem to be enforcing the cap, otherwise schools would be charged per megabyte for excess usage.

2. Telecom uses PROBE money to beat its rivals.

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Anonymous Bernard Wolley said...

Here are some links that may be of interest regarding Project Probe.

Project Probe Home PageProject Probe Press Release - details full cost of the project, $48.3m
Nice overview of Project Probe - includes a map showing tender winners
Telecom SchoolZone Service - utilises Project Probe
Woosh's failure to deliver - link 1, link 2, link 3Early underestimation of Project Probe's costsTelecom 'subsidy' hits rivalsBernard Wolley

2/18/2005 04:05:00 PM  

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