Wireless broadband in Dublin City Centre


27 Nov 2003

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Wireless broadband provider Irish Broadband has rolled out broadband in Dublin City Centre.

The company has enabled two high sites in the Dublin area, including one on Leeson Street as well as one on Botanic Road in Glasnevin. This brings the number of Irish Broadband high sites in the Dublin area to 12 locations.

As a result, business and home internet users in Dublin areas 1 to 10 can avail of the company’s high-speed wireless broadband services that costs €75 a month for businesses and €35 a month for home users.

Irish Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Toll Roads (NTR). Over the past number of years NTR has been working steadily in building up alternative public infrastructure businesses where it sees deficiencies in what is on offer to the Irish public through partaking in public private partnerships and is a major investor in operations such as Celtic Waste and Eirtricity.

Connectivity to the Irish Broadband service is generally within a 5km radius of a high site. As the company operates its own wireless network, it does not depend on Eircom for connection to customers.

“We are delivering on the Government’s vision of affordable broadband access for all sectors of the community,” said Irish Broadband’s managing director, Paul Doody.

Using easy-to-install wireless modem boxes that interact with base stations up to 12km away, Irish Broadband provides internet users with 512k uploads and download speeds from €1.15 per day, enabling home users to pay on average €35 per month and business users up to €75 per month, based on its RipWave wireless modem offering. A forthcoming system, entitled Alvarian, will enable Irish Broadband to offer businesses broadband speeds ranging from 1Mbps (megabits per second) up to 5Mbps for around €250 per month.

By John Kennedy