enet officially launches Ardee fibre network
The fibre network installed in Ardee earlier this year and in operation since March has been officially launched by wholesale fibre enet.
Late last year, a number of Ardee businesses filled a minimum quota for the high speed fibre network to be installed in the town, with work on the €400,000 project completed earlier in 2015.
It was part of the Fibre to the Business project, which has now seen the fibre broadband delivered to over 100 businesses around the town centre. Businesses are now connected to 250Mb speeds, a speed that will hopefully help business currently in the town to develop and attract new bigger enterprise to the area.
Ardee is the third town in Ireland to benefit from the enet/Ripplecom scheme, joining Claremorris in County Mayo and Loughrea in County Galway.
Last autumn, over 50% of local businesses decided to sign up for fibre internet access – a minimum for the project to go ahead given the cost of the installation – and as part of the offer, enet and Ripplecom offered complimentary public access Wi-Fi for Ardee’s main streets. That service went live in town on September 1st.
Speaking at the official launch of the enet fibre broadband, Louth County Council chief executive Joan Martin said; “Louth County Council are strong supporters of eNet’s Fibre to the Business project, as we have recognised from an early stage its huge potential for the business community in Ardee.”
“We have been very supportive of this plan from day one and we were very happy to work alongside enet to ensure that the businesses of Ardee would receive world class premier broadband services, not only tremendously assisting existing businesses, but also having the potential to attract new businesses to the area,” she continued.
Among the businesses to avail of the service are O’Brien’s Stationery on Irish Street. Speaking today, Conor O’Brien said; “We rely very heavily on broadband in the store to receive orders, communicate with our suppliers, and as part of our printing service.
“With our previous network the broadband would drop continuously and we would often have to turn away customers as a result. Now that we have switched to enet’s fibre network, we have a guaranteed fast and reliable connection.”
In addition, enet CEO Conal Henry was in Ardee on Thursday and he said, “Bringing broadband to rural areas is a hot topic in the telecoms industry right now, and here in enet we aren’t just talking about it – we are doing it.”