Zyxel helps B4RN connect rural primary schools with 10Gbps capable broadband
B4RN is a non-profit community benefit society run by a dedicated local team with the support of landowners and volunteers that brings FTTP broadband to every property in their coverage area.
Many small primary schools in the rural UK area did not have access to high-speed internet. As a result, students could not adopt modern curriculum or take advantage of virtual education tools.
B4RN fully equipped 21 schools with 10GB capable broadband. Zyxel's AX7501 supports the latest WiFi 6 (11ax) wireless standard and comes with one 10GbE LAN, four GbE LAN, two VoIP ports, one USB3.0 port and 4x4 dual band WiFi 6 (11ax) WLAN and has an SFP+ cage to support both XGS-PON and 10G active fiber.
B4RN is one of only a handful of ISPs offering gigabit broadband to rural communities throughout the UK. In a partnership with Zyxel Communications – B4RN provided 21 primary school across North Lancashire, South Cumbria and Yorkshire dales with broadband speeds that are faster than some of the world’s largest colleges and universities - at no cost to the schools.
B4RN chose one of Zyxel’s newest WiFi6 flagship products - AX7501 to support its hyper fast 10G/s capable broadband service. With the donation of these products - students in these rural areas now have the same or better quality of connections than students in urban areas in the UK.
The partnership benefits students, teachers, and school administrators. The upgrade in broadband service delivered by fiber ensures students access the modern curriculum and cloud-based remote learning. Teachers can access new educational tools, and school administrators can upgrade back-office functions by taking advantage of cloud-based software and digital tools.
Before being connected with B4RN’s network, these rural schools did not have access to the same level of wireless connectivity as their urban counterparts. Nobody knows what the future of education will hold, but with this router, we can now increase each schools’ broadband service from 1 gigabit per second to 10 and help them compete with some of the best-connected educational institutions.
Zyxel product solutions
Zyxel's AX7501 supports the latest WiFi 6 (11ax) wireless standard and comes with one 10GbE LAN, four GbE LAN, two VoIP ports, one USB3.0 port and 4x4 dual-band WiFi 6 (11ax) WLAN and an SFP+ cage to support both XGS-PON and 10G active fiber.