Complete Telecom scores €200k fibre deal with Carton House

29 Jul 2009

Complete Telecom has emerged as the telco that deployed the 100Mbps next-generation network in Kildare’s Carton House in time for the recent visit to the hotel by the football team Real Madrid and the world’s media.

The company has signed a four-year deal worth €200,000 to make Carton House the first hotel on the island of Ireland capable of providing 100Mbps internet connectivity.

Earlier this month, Real Madrid stayed at the hotel and carried out training sessions. Also in tow were representatives of the world’s media who needed fast connectivity.

It is envisaged the connectivity will provide advanced communications for an estimated 450,000 guests at Carton House per year.

The new IP infrastructure is part of a multimillion investment by Carton House to position itself firmly in the world’s top tier of business resorts. It will help to attract very prestigious business events to Ireland and Carton House. 

The high-speed broadband network was installed in the weeks leading up to the arrival of Real Madrid. It enabled hundreds of broadcasters, journalists and photographers based at Carton House during the team’s visit to deliver simultaneous live broadcasts to global media organisations throughout the world. 

This allowed Real Madrid’s massive international fan base to be kept fully up to date with their team’s crucial pre-season preparations in Ireland. The solution was delivered in partnership with Inland Fibre Telecom, an independent Irish carrier neutral telecommunications company.

When leading global companies look for locations to hold international customer, networking and education events, they require direct and secure access to next-generation broadband.

“This investment is a significant milestone in the Carton House Resort,” explained David Webster, general manager at Carton House.

“We have built one of the world’s prime locations for hosting major sports and business events. This is all about Carton House being at the forefront and ready to cater for the needs of the high-tech, research and technology-led businesses that are anticipated to grow in Ireland and Europe in the next 20 to 30 years. 

“It is in this sector of the economy that we see ourselves being the first choice venue for hosting events. To host events for this sector we needed a world-class communications infrastructure to meet the huge online and technical requirements required. Thanks to Complete Telecom and Inland Fibre Telecom, we now have this in place.”

At Carton House, conference guests can now collaborate with colleagues and customers around the world with guaranteed quality of service. Each conference suite and meeting room offers real-time access to a full range of bandwidth-hungry and content-rich multimedia applications such as high-definition telepresence systems. 

Carton House appears to be the only resort in Ireland guaranteeing 100Mbps internet connectivity, with the ability to offer up to 1Gbps.

The uncontended internet connection has been rolled out throughout the 1,100 acre estate. In addition, high-definition IPTV offers guests on-demand movies and the widest choice of local and international TV channels.

“Carton House has positioned itself as the Irish destination of choice for high-profile international events,” said Neil Wisdom, sales and marketing director, Complete Telecom

“This latest investment is probably its most important, as having fast, reliable and direct internet connectivity to global markets will play a central role in its growth strategy. 

“In addition to this deal with Carton House, Complete Telecom also delivered high-speed internet connectivity to Tallaght Stadium in time for the glamour friendly between Shamrock Rovers and Real Madrid,” Wisdom added.

By John Kennedy

Pictured (from left): Neil Wisdom, sales and marketing director, Complete Telecom, and David Webster, general manager, Carton House

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