Irish Broadband goes West


1 Sep 2005

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Wireless broadband provider Irish Broadband is opening offices in Galway and has confirmed the establishment of two additional high sites that will give the company 90pc coverage of the city.

The company said the offices are the third to be opened by Irish Broadband and will be used primarily for sales and marketing of its wireless broadband internet solutions to customers in counties Limerick and Galway.

The opening of the offices today coincided with the launch of a further two broadband high sites, located at Ballybane and Tonabroocky, by Irish Broadband that gives the company more than 90pc wireless broadband coverage in Galway City.

“Demand for broadband services in the West of Ireland is outstripping supply even faster than it is in Dublin,” said Paul Doody, managing director, Irish Broadband. “Our new sales offices will enable Irish Broadband to tap into the strong demand for broadband services in Limerick and Galway, and will act as a springboard for the development of state-of-the-art wireless broadband infrastructure in the west.”

The company earlier this year secured an €18m investment from National Toll Roads (NTR) and Kilsaran Concrete Products that will both invest in the company on a 50:50 basis. The investment will give Kilsaran a 28pc stake in Irish Broadband, an NTR subsidiary.

As well as this Irish Broadband emerged as one of the successful bidders for a portion of the Government’s €18m Broadband for Schools project.

Irish Broadband currently provides fixed wireless data services with speeds ranging from 512Kbps up to 6Mbps and its customer base includes home users, SMEs and large corporate players. The company’s service to business and home internet users includes high-speed always-on internet access with unlimited connection to the internet from €24.99 per month for home users and €40 per month for business users.

By John Kennedy