This morning, as Enet unveils a 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home service for 340 homes and businesses in Ballyseedy, Co Kerry, the company’s CEO Conal Henry told Siliconrepublic.com that it intends to go head-to-head against Eir and SIRO for the Irish Government’s National Broadband Plan, which is priced at between €300m and €500m.
Enet is the wholesale broadband company that manages the Government’s network of Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) in 94 towns around Ireland. Its network is used by 60 different telcos to serve broadband to 600,000 homes and businesses across Ireland.
This morning (29 January), it launched a showcase of how it could deploy 1Gbps fibre broadband in the Kerry town of Ballyseedy.
The aim is to show how it can compete for all or half of the Irish State’s National Broadband Plan, which plans to connect 750,000 homes and businesses in broadband-deprived areas of Ireland with a minimum of 30Mbps broadband. If executed successfully, the EU-backed plan could see Ireland evolve from a broadband backwater to one of the most digitally advanced nations in Europe.