The Government of Andorra and Andorra Telecom have improved the capacity and speed of the National Educational Network of Andorra (XENA), which joins a total of 35 school buildings in the country and ensures Internet connection. The main change has been the extension of the fiber optic line to the outside from 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) to 10 Gigabits.

The Xena access lines have also been extended from 100 Megabits per second (Mpbs) to 1 Gigabit in the seven busiest school facilities. These are the Andorran Schools of Santa Coloma, Encamp, Ordino; Lycée Compte de Foix, the Aixovall Training Centre and the Escola Andorrana de Batxillerat.
The capacity of the line in the other schools has also tripled, from 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps.

The Minister of Education and Higher Education, Eric Jover, and Andorra Telecom’s General Director, Jordi Nadal, visited the Aixovall Vocational Training Centre to learn about the characteristics of the new network and the impressions of teachers and students.

The minister stressed the importance of maintaining the lines of communication at the height of a growing demand for Internet connection, which is increasingly based on the Cloud. Eric Jover also pointed out with this expansion they are positioning themselves at the forefront of the surrounding countries’ educational networks.

The general manager of Andorra Telecom stressed the use of new technologies and connectivity have become an essential part of the company’s operation and emphasized the public responsibility to promote the implementation of ICT in society in general and particularly among students.

The National Educational Network of Andorra (XENA) is an intranet with a total of twenty-three accesses from educational centres and one access from the CPD of the Ministry, located in Aixovall, which guarantees the connection between the schools and the people involved with the educational community; and an exit connection to the Internet. The network serves on a daily basis 11,000 students and 1,820 teachers from the three educational systems.

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s IT equipments consists of 2,486 desktop computers and 3,500 wireless devices connected every day during school hours through the XENA wifi network.

Text: Govern d’Andorra