Loughrea set to become Ireland’s second 100% fibre powered town

Businesses connected to Ripplecom’s super-fast broadband following €0.4m enet investment

David Baker
by David Baker on 16th September, 2014

Ireland’s second fibre power town will be in Loughrea, Co Galway, following a €0.4m investment from open access network operator enet.

The investment means local businesses will have access to up to 250Mb super-fast broadband from Ripplecom, vastly improving the existing broadband infrastructure.

The ‘Fibre To The Business’ network will provide super-fast business broadband that is free from bandwidth issues, enabling companies to exploit available online opportunities.

enet’s service is 100% fibre powered with fibre optic broadband cables being delivered directly to businesses rather than a nearby telecoms exchange.

enet claims that this technology provides speeds closer to the advertised broadband speeds rather than ‘up to’ claims as offered by other business broadband providers as copper cables are not used.

Construction planning of the enet fibre power network is underway, with a completion date set for December 2014.

Some 50% of businesses have subscribed to services delivered using the Fibre To The Business network by Ripplecom, providing market conditions suitable for investment in Loughrea.

Conal Henry, enet CEO, said the firm was delighted with the progress and hinted at the possibility of further investments in the future.

“By building a fibre network directly into every business, we are doing something no one else has done in Ireland,” he said.

“This fibre network completely replaces the out-of-date copper network which has reached its end of life – every business can finally get broadband from a broadband network!”

enet expects Loughrea and Claremorris – the first fibre power town – to be the first of many to benefit from the world class digital infrastructure being created.

CEO of Ripplecom John McDonnell spoke of the benefits available to firms in Loughrea as a result of the fibre optic broadband that will be available.

He said the move would mean “that broadband speeds advertised will be guaranteed, resulting in significant improvements in download and upload speeds for users”.

“The cost savings, efficiency gains and commercial opportunities this super-fast fibre network will create is extremely positive news for the economic growth of the region and all at Ripplecom are delighted to be involved,” he added.

Ripplecom formed in 2009 and now works in 25 counties to offer connectivity solutions to residents and businesses in Ireland.

The firm is experienced in the internet marketplace and Ripplecom is now offering fibre power broadband to small and medium businesses in regional towns.

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