Imagine Communications Group has announced the launch of its high-speed WiMax broadband and phone network in Athlone. The new fourth generation wireless technology provides superfast Internet and phone access at home and on the move for half the cost charged by current providers.
The Irish company has delivered on its promise to bring cost-effective phone and Internet services to Athlone town centre and areas around the town that have previously been regarded as broadband blackspots.
Monksland, on the Roscommon side of Athlone, is now WiMax enabled after Imagine recorded a huge demand from the people of the area and local activists to deliver fast and reliable broadband services to the district for the first time.
The new WiMax network across Athlone will deliver 50 per cent cheaper phone and broadband services to thousands of customers. It will also supply fast and reliable broadband internet in Athlone, and to more than 10,000 homes in the town.
Areas that will enjoy the immediate rollout of the superfast network include Athlone town centre, Golden Island, Baylough, Monksland, Clonburke West, Carrickobreen, Cushlea, and Bellaugh.
Imagine hopes to expand the service to areas beyond the town and Monksland and urges interested households in suburban and rural areas to register with Imagine WiMax today. Once sufficient numbers of homes register their interest, Imagine can roll out the service to that area as soon as possible.
Local political representatives have been lending their support to the launch, with Deputy Mary O’Rourke saying the new technology is vital for the Athlone area.
“The provision of high speed, competitively priced broadband is vital for Athlone’s economic recovery. Imagine WiMax’s arrival will give additional choice for local users, both domestic and small business. Athlone has a strong record of IT investment and we have seen firsthand the positive effects for the local economy of this vital investment,” said Deputy O’Rourke.
Welcoming the expansion of Imagine WiMax’s coverage to the town, Senator Nicky McFadden said the move was essential for economic recovery and is a critical element in modern day home life and business. “If we are to compete globally we need competitive and fast internet access. I look forward to Imagine WiMax further expanding services throughout the midlands,” said Senator McFadden.
Registering is easy; simply log on to www.imagine.ie and fill in the form detailing your name, phone number and address. Or if you’re in a broadband blackspot, call 1890 929 902 to register your interest.