enet launches €1.5 million Castlebar metro fibre network
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially unveils high speed fibre broadband to aid businesses
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has officially launched enet’s new metro fibre network in Castlebar, County Mayo, as Ireland’s biggest open access network operator continues its expansion plans.
The new network will provide high speed fibre broadband services to the town following €1.5 million of private investment by the company.
The metro fibre network is linked to the major business and commercial sites in Castlebar, and to several land banks where future developments may take place.
It means all businesses in the region can take advantage of a 100% fibre service which guarantees broadband of set speeds, something not possible with copper network connections.
Fibre broadband ‘crucial for development’
Mr Kenny described the development of metro fibre networks and similar projects as “crucial for economic development and quality of life”.
He added that the Government is keen to “eliminate the digital divide between rural and urban areas – a target is to provide high speed broadband to 85% of premises by 2018, rising to 100% by 2020 for non-commercial rural areas.
enet chief executive Conal Henry said the introduction of the “future proofed technology” to Castlebar will help end the “single supplier monopoly” that had existed, creating more opportunities for businesses.
“Our experience has shown that the existence of open access fibre has a major impact on boosting the range, quality and value of communications solutions for businesses in the area,” he added.
Mr Henry added that such networks will be crucial to the success of the Government’s National Broadband Plan.
Castlebar joins six other Mayo towns where enet have fibre infrastructure in place, including Ballina, Belmullet, Ballinrobe, Claremorris, Knock and Kiltimagh.
enet investing in high speed fibre broadband
enet also recently launched its 1 Gigabit-per-second fibre broadband network in North Kerry, highlighting their ability to provide rural broadband services as part of the National Broadband Plan.
The network – costing €650,000 – provides fibre-broadband connections to around 340 premises, giving the access to top quality rural broadband.
enet works to develop open access networks that telecoms carriers can then use to provide broadband services across Ireland.