Enet deal with Digiweb boosts fibre broadband availability in Irish towns

23 Oct 2017

Carlow town is one of six areas that will benefit from the deal. Image: walshphotos/Shutterstock

Six towns across Ireland are set to reap the benefits of broadband speeds ranging from 150Mbps to 1Gbps.

Enet, Ireland’s largest open-access network operator, and Digiweb, provider of broadband and telephone services to residential users and small businesses, announced a new broadband agreement today (23 October).

Digiweb to access gigabit technology

The deal means that Digiweb has access to an additional 27,000 fibre-enabled premises in Carlow town, Castlebar, Naas, Newbridge, Portlaoise and Tralee.

This agreement follows a previous one struck between Enet and Siro, with the former being given access to the latter’s 100pc fibre-to-the-home infrastructure. Now, Digiweb will be granted access to even more locations supporting gigabit technology, improving the connectivity of regional towns all over Ireland.

Digiweb’s ‘Electric Broadband’ services will go live before 2017 draws to a close, launching a number of fibre optic broadband packages for both business and residential customers, from €45 per month.

Digiweb now has access to more than 65,000 fibre-enabled premises in 12 locations including Dublin West, Letterkenny and Limerick.

A better broadband experience for regional towns

Declan Campbell, managing director of Digiweb, said: “Digiweb are pleased to have done this deal with Enet and have access to additional Siro infrastructure because I know our customers will have a better broadband experience.

“Through this initiative, we will be able to offer our customers gigabit broadband packages – the most powerful available.”

CEO of Enet, Conal Henry, said the company was “delighted” to have closed the deal with Digiweb.

“This deal means that consumers now have access to more choice, better reliability and faster broadband speeds. It also demonstrates Enet’s drive and ambition to stimulate the take-up of next-generation broadband services in regional Ireland.”

Siro CEO Sean Atkinson said that by using the 100pc fibre technology, the companies are aiming to future-proof Ireland’s broadband needs and will continue to address the digital divide.

As well as this particular deal, Enet is also investing in an automated software platform that aggregates its own network as well as third-party infrastructure. It will combine qualification, provisioning, billing, ticketing and life-cycle management across both wholesale and retail services.

Ellen Tannam was a journalist with Silicon Republic, covering all manner of business and tech subjects