Schools in the city of Lublin and in Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) are next in line to be connected to a country-wide school Internet network. In Lublin, the town’s 160 schools will be piloting the 1 Gb/s network connections. In Greater Poland some 641 schools will be provided with Internet access of at least 100 Mb/s.
Poland wants to provide Internet access to all of the about 30,500 schools across the country. Construction of the network should be completed already next year.
The PLN 3.5 billion (about EUR 812 million) nationwide education network Ogólnopolską Sieć Edukacyjną (OSE) was announced last year. In addition to connecting schools, the project will provide access to parts of the country that do not yet have broadband Internet access.
The first OSE pilot started in April 2016, involving 26 schools in the provinces of Podlasie and Mazovia.
The Lublin pilot was kicked off on 13 February, with the signing of an agreement between the city administration, Poland’s Research and Academic Computer Network (NASK) and the Ministry of Digitisation. OSE is part of the Ministry’s Digital Poland Programme (Operacyjnego Polska Cyfrowa). The pilot in Greater Poland is to be carried out by the Poznań-based INEA internet service provider.
NASK will use the education network to provide and manage online educational solutions, and offer eLearning assistance. The organisation will also take care of security.