Aurora Telecom deploys dark fibre in Shannon region

16 Dec 2011

Bord Gais subsidiary Aurora Telecom has deployed a new dark-fibre infrastructure around Shannon Free Zone and connecting Smithstown business parks.

The deployment should strengthen the Shannon region’s case for inward investment projects.

It is understood that a strong business case was put forward by Shannon Development which facilitated Aurora with a site at Shannon for its POP (point of presence).

Speaking about the project work involved, Seán O’Donnell, general manager, Aurora Telecom, said: “The work involves installing fibre optic cable into 140km of existing roadside ducting. 

“It will complete the Dublin to Cork project, which is designed to facilitate the development of a high-speed communications network in urban centres located along the route in support of the Government’s plan to roll out first-class broadband services across the country,” O’Donnell said.

Dr Vincent Cunnane, chief executive, Shannon Development, said the new service will offer industries in the zone and Smithstown virtually unlimited resilient bandwidth well into the future, a key selling point for potential foreign direct investors.

Investment future proofs Shannon region for bandwidth resilient services

“As Aurora’s network is fibre based, it ensures a network that is future proofed and therefore it is highly attractive to industries that need high bandwidth-resilient services, such as data and financial service centres. 

“It will complement and enhance the existing broadband services and provide industries with additional high-end routing options into and out of the zone and Smithstown,” said Cunnane.

Work has just commenced on the Aurora Shannon LAN (local area network) project which will involve running almost 11km of dark fibre optic cable around Shannon. Up until now, the majority of optical-fibre networks have been built by carriers who control the total capacity of the fibre and provide managed services to customers. 

“Dark-fibre network solutions provide both telecommunications carriers and corporate organisations with the infrastructure required to ‘own’ a fibre-optic network without the burden of network construction and maintenance, giving them effective control of their telecommunications networks and facilitating a reduction in operational expenditure.” 

The project is expected to take three months to complete and will directly benefit Government agencies, large corporate organisations and financial services. The open access nature of the Aurora network will also introduce additional telecom operators into the market which should also benefit SMEs by introducing greater competition.

“Once finished, this will provide Shannon Free Zone businesses with additional backhaul connections to Cork and Dublin via this dark fibre optic-cable network and provide improved national and international broadband connectivity at the Free Zone. High-capacity and high-speed communication networks are more important now than ever and we have another significant selling point for Shannon Development in our endeavours to attract foreign direct investment to the Shannon Free Zone,” said Cunnane.

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