AirSpeed Telecom, the leading provider of integrated licensed wireless with fibre telecommunications services to businesses in Ireland, and Enet, Ireland’s open access network operator, won the Project of the Year (SME ) category at the 2014 Tech Excellence Awards this week. The award was received in recognition of the establishment of Claremorris in Mayo as Ireland’s first fibre town.
Enet is investing €500,000 in a broadband infrastructure in Claremorris which will allow AirSpeed Telecom to offer 250Mbs broadband connectivity to every business in the community, providing high performance bandwidth, high speed internet, voice and video.
Construction of the new network in Claremorris has commenced and will be completed in August. Already more than 50 per cent of the local businesses have subscribed to services delivered over the network via AirSpeed Telecom. The significant customer acquisition achieved by AirSpeed Telecom created the critical mass required to underpin the investment decision.
The national Tech Excellence Awards, now in their 14th year, recognise excellence not only in implementing technology solutions, but also in the business of marketing and implementing technology for business. Liam O’ Kelly, managing director of AirSpeed Telecom, says winning a Tech Excellence Award is a badge of honour in the IT industry. “We are very proud of our involvement in the delivery of this world-class fibre network to Claremorris, and delighted to have received the Tech Excellence Award which recognises the significance of this project for the rollout of high speed broadband services across Ireland. The real-world cost savings, efficiency gains and commercial opportunities this superfast fibre broadband network can create is very positive news for the economic growth of the region.”
Conal Henry, Enet CEO, said: “The team at Enet are delighted with this win. This is a truly innovative initiative which we are very proud of. By building a fibre network directly into every business in Claremorris, 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 This fibre network completely replaces the out-of-date copper network which has reached its end of life – every business can finally get broadband from a broadband network! The support of AirSpeed, as well as the Claremorris Chamber of Commerce and Mayo County Council, was critical in driving us towards this successful initiative.”