Limerick-based E-net, which holds the concession to manage, maintain and operate the Government’s metropolitan area networks (MANs) says that it has taken control of 17 out of 27 of the Phase 1 MANs across Ireland.
E-net now has 348 kilometres of fibre optic network under management in a total of 17 of the Phase 1 MANs. When the 27 towns in Phase 1 are completed 485 km of fibre optic network will be managed by E-net.
The MANs which have already been handed over to e-net are: Letterkenny, Gweedore, Kiltimagh, Ballina, Galway, Roscommon, Athlone, Mullingar, Tullamore, Portlaoise, Waterford, Dungarvan, Kilkenny, Carlow, Clonmel, Cork and Limerick.
Manorhamilton, Carrick-on-Shannon and Wexford are likely to be the next three MANs to be handed over and will be up and running in the coming weeks.
E-net operates as a carrier neutral wholesale infrastructure provider, offering higher quality, cost effective connectivity to the various authorised operators than has been available in Ireland before now.
Broadband retailers are rolling out their separate product offerings to existing and potential new customers up and down the country where the MANs are now lit.
“Customers in these towns now have access to state of the art broadband services in a supplier neutral environment which should mean competitive pricing and service from the retailers,” claimed Michael Tiernan, chief executive of E-net.
By John Kennedy