E-Net and BT sign €3m MAN deal

16 May 2008

Users of the E-Net-managed metropolitan area networks (MANs) will be able to access higher speeds and experience greater reliability provided by BT’s global network, which connects customers in Ireland to 170 countries and 250 cities, E-Net said.

The 18 MAN towns connected in this deal are Athlone, Ballina, Carlow, Carrick-on-Shannon, Clonmel, Cork, Drogheda, Dundalk, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Mullingar, Portlaoise, Roscommon, Sligo, Tullamore, Waterford, Wexford.

Initial speeds available to customers will be up to one gigabit per second.

“This deal with BT is great news for people and businesses in MAN-enabled towns. It helps E-Net to continue to reduce any ‘digital divide’ so that services and costs available in MAN-enabled towns get ever closer to the best that are available in Dublin and major cities around the world,” said Conal Henry, CEO of E-Net.

“We are delighted that E-Net has chosen BT to be its primary provider of connectivity around Ireland,” said Shay Walsh, managing director, Wholesale, BT. “This deal further enables competition in the Irish market place and advances BT Wholesale’s vision of becoming the No 1 provider for wholesale services across the island.”

By Niall Byrne