Broadband in Limerick
Limerick County Council has signed a licensing agreement with Ice Broadband to allow access to Council owned sites throughout the county.This is one of a number of initiatives by the Council to increase the broadband coverage in the county, especially the rural areas. source Niall Collins TD Newsletter
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Reading this letter I note that there are 57 exchanges in the county and currently 22 exchanges are broadband enabled. A further 21 exchanges in the Limerick area are scheduled to be broadband enabled over the next eighteen months.
The remaining 14 exchanges will be enabled outside this time frame. [ GD]
My Comment; Broadband penetration in Ireland is poor even today in mid 2010. Varies companies, like Ripplecom are expanding rapidly to fill the void left by the incumbents like Eircom. This is especially true of the areas outside of Dublin where the people were left with a third world internet infrastructure, namely dial up. Ripplecom will provide broadband internet where others have failed.
Ripplecom aquires ICE broadband - Wireless network infrastructure in 13 counties
In addition to the customer base, the acquisition includes the entire Wireless Network Infrastructure of ICE located in 13 counties, (namely Dublin, Louth, Kildare, Wicklow, Monaghan, Carlow, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois, Tipperary, Meath and Limerick) and key relationships with data centres and resilient fibre network providers.
Commenting on the bolt-on acquisition, John Regan, head of sales and marketing at Ripplecom who recently joined the company from his position as BT sales manager said: “The acquisition of the ICE infrastructure and customer base has significantly increased our market presence and positions Ripplecom as the primary provider of wireless broadband services to both business and residential customers.
“Our aim is to expand our customer base over the coming months by offering competitively priced broadband and VoIP solutions to our customer base.”
Regan added that the company plans to double its workforce by the end of 2010 by growing its customer base, expanding services and partnering with other industry leaders to provide best-of-breed innovative services.
Ripplecom began trading in late 2009 following the merger of two Irish wireless internet service providers, Amocom and Callidus/Omnitel.
It operates from its headquarters in Raheen, Limerick, and has regional offices in Dublin and Cork.
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