Top European email newsletter provider in MAN deal

17 Jan 2011

Cork-based Newsweaver, which has grown to become one of Europe’s top email newsletter software providers, has struck a deal with Cork Internet Exchange (CIX) to connect to the Cork Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) for faster fibre access.

This connection comes on the back of Newsweaver’s recent move from Bandon and highlights the importance of the MAN to high-tech, web-dependent companies.

Newsweaver’s decision to move from Bandon was precipitated by the flooding in November 2009, but was already under consideration as it had outgrown the broadband available in the area. However, MAN connectivity in Cork City has now provided the firm with 100Mbs via CIX.

“It was with deep regret that Newsweaver had to leave Bandon but the decision was made in the best interests of the business,” said Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Newsweaver’s managing director.

“We’re a web-dependent company and needed to get onto the Cork City MAN in order to avail of the bandwidth needed to improve our client services. The good news is that all the jobs are protected, indeed, we have plans to grow our staffing levels from 40 to 60,” O’Shaughnessy said.

Newsweaver enables more than 1,000 organisations in 26 countries to create, deliver and track meaningful email campaigns.

Content-rich businesses

“CIX welcomes Newsweaver as one of our growing number of content-rich customers that have chosen us as their preferred service provider for internet connectivity and colocation services,” said Bob Grantham, business development manager of CIX.

“As a partner of E-net, it was an easy decision to use the MAN in Cork to connect Newsweaver’s new offices to CIX in a cost-effective, resilient manner.”

E-net CEO Conal Henry said the deal demonstrates E-net’s ambition to stimulate the rollout of advanced technologies to businesses all over Ireland and underlines the importance of the MANs to knowledge-based businesses.

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