Government-funded education network JANET has announced plans to launch a new data service for students.
The new high-capacity service, available from June 2011, will allow students in further and higher education to access learning materials online via a dongle internet connection.
Communications minister Ed Vaizey said: ‘I am delighted that the education sector is putting in place plans to provide wireless broadband for the academic community. This is a really exciting development and will help us achieve our goal of having the best broadband in Europe by 2015.’
Janet’s 3G service will run on the Three network via a deal with Three’s ‘aggregator’ AQL.
Three director of wholesale Lynda Burton said: ‘The Janet scheme is all about getting people connected quickly, securely and consistently, so students and staff can continue to study, learn and teach wherever they are.
‘That's why Three is the perfect wholesale partner for this project with the biggest 3G network in the country, and one renowned for its speed and capacity.’
Wide selections of price plans will be available to educational organisations to enable them to match users’ needs while keeping control over costs.
Meanwhile students will be given the option to use a press-out Sim card useable with the iPad and tablet family; create a Wi-Fi hub for up to five users with a Mi-Fi device; or add a dongle for individual users.