Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) earlier this week launched a Wi-Fi managed service dedicated for the education sector.

Named as HGC School Wi-Fi Managed Service, it is designed to provide schools with one-stop Wi-Fi infrastructure planning, deployment and maintenance services. The service aims to allow teachers and students to use mobile devices via a high-speed, secure and reliable Wi-Fi network within the classroom environment.

According to the company, the offering includes the provision of 100M to 1G fiber-optic broadband with Wi-Fi equipment, as well as network planning, deployment and infrastructure. The offering also includes stringent security deployment, including web-filtering functionality and automatic firewall software updates.

Serving schools in the WaaSchool Project

This is not HGC's first Wi-Fi offering to local schools. The company took part in the Wi-Fi as a Service School Partnership Project (WaaSchool Project), which was launched last December by Hong Kong Education City (HKEdCity) and the Association of IT Leaders in Education (AiTLE).

One of the participating schools at the WaaSchool Project is St Stephen's College. The school has installed Wi-Fi in designated classrooms and plans to launch its e-learning initiatives by September.

"Our students can bring their own tablets and connect them to HGC's Wi-Fi network in classrooms," said Patrick Yuen, e-learning coordinator, St Stephen's College. "We firmly believe this will make lessons become more interactive, while boosting student interest in learning and helping teachers to monitor learning progress."

"eLearning is a global trend in education," said Victor Cheng, executive director of HKEdCity. "The WaaSchool Project provides free Wi-Fi service for partnering schools and implements the new Wi-Fi managed service model."