Comtel Communications drives SENT: Free W.Cape Schools Wireless Internet Project
The Schools eNetwork Trust (SENT) is a non-profit organisation, which was established in 2011 to provide free Internet access and other services to schools. The pilot project has started in the Western Cape, and has achieved sixty applications and over twenty-five installations of schools. The vision is that in time, depending on input and assistance, this service will become available to schools in other provinces.
The initiative is a blue print for the implementation of a provincial schools Wide Area Network (WAN), which we have called the Intranet. The intranet is not designed to take over the administration of the schools networks although it should help; it is designed to connect the schools with service providers and enable appropriate services.
We understand that many of our schools do not have the necessary technical skills, or the finances, to employ these skills directly to run networks and manage complex technical services. SENT supports this process and provides the resource base that directly improves productivity and reduces operational costs.
SENT provides a WAN connection into which schools are connected for internet access that also includes various secure services including email, web proxy and remote backup. An amount of 20gb of bandwidth is provided with up to a 5mb synchronous speed.
A message from the CEO, Dave Couves:
As the CEO of Comtel Communications, we support SENT with all the resources we can provide, as connecting schools is a very realistic goal.
At this stage the entire project is financed by a commitment from Comtel Communications, which has pledged R1 million in resources, with the assistance of
Scoop Distribution Cape Town, who has supplied R40 000 worth of wireless equipment. Other keen stakeholders are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information or to register your school in the Western Cape, please visit our website for a free Line of site and installation.