Airfibre launches B2B broadband services across Cork City

25 Mar 2013

High capacity wireless broadband provider Airfibre has deployed its 1Mbps up to 1Gbps broadband service in Cork.

The company explained that a recent expansion of its network to the Silver Springs Moran Hotel to support conference needs enabled it to expand Points of Presence into the area.

Having established a presence at the Cork Internet Exchange, from where it provides connectivity to the world wide web through direct relationships with Tier 1 Global Transit Providers, Airfibre is offering connectivity services at data rates from 1Mbps to 1Gbps.

Airfibre is exclusively focused upon business-to-business customers, for which it claims a range of benefits that include a 99.95pc service level agreement with engineering support 24 x 7 x 365. All circuits are fully symmetrical, which means users benefit from the same upload speed as download speed, and are uncontended through to the point of lay off to the web.  

A fibre by wireless experience

“With Airfibre customers get all of the bandwidth they pay for without compromise and a service quality that is equivalent to a fibre-optic leased line as supplied by traditional telcos, such as Eircom and BT, that are ideally suited to latency-sensitive applications such as voice over IP, multimedia Citrix, VMWare, and more,” said CEO John Earley.

While accepting that wireless is predominantly employed for last-mile connectivity, Earley is keen to stress that use of this technology is not what sets Airfibre apart.  

“We have industry-leading expertise and understand how to deliver a ‘fibre experience’ using wireless last-mile; but the key to Airfibre services is the investment we make in the core network that others typically short circuit. Airfibre owns and manages its own IP core, which means we have the wherewithal to deliver against the promises that we make.”

Airfibre’s core network is based upon a ‘pure IP’ state-of-the-art Cisco MPLS infrastructure that customers can use to extend their own private networks, with many, for example, building private networks that connect offices in Ireland to others across the UK without having to cross the public internet. This, the company claims, introduces a unique performance advantage at a price point that SMEs can afford.

By working with reseller partners and systems integrators in Cork, Airfibre hopes to build on its success in Dublin where it has more than 60 corporate customers ranging from SMEs to multinationals.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years