Open access network operator Enet is building ‘Ireland’s first fibre-enabled town’ in Claremorris, Co Mayo, involving a €500,000 investment in broadband infrastructure.
Being launched at 3pm today, Enet Fibredirect brings fibre directly into every business in the town with services delivered over the network via AirSpeed Telecom.
Supported by Claremorris Chamber of Commerce and Mayo County Council, is a genuine 100pc fibre service, with fibre optic cables being delivered directly into premises.
Other so-called ‘fibre’ services connect to a local telecoms exchange or cabinet, but still rely on older copper networks to reach premises, resulting in a significant loss of performance, according to Enet.
Construction of the new Enet Fibredirect network has commenced, and will be completed in August.
Already over 50pc of the local businesses have subscribed to services delivered over the network via AirSpeed Telecom.
Enet is considering the possibility of creating further Fibredirect towns among other cities and towns with Metropolitan Area Networks.
Conal Henry, enet CEO said: “By building a fibre network directly into every business, we are doing something no one else has done in Ireland. This fibre network completely replaces the out-of-date copper network which has reached its end of life – every business can finally get broadband from a broadband network.”