The town of Claremorris in County Mayo in the west of Ireland is to get a 250Mbps fibre-optic network as part of a EUR500,000 (USD685,920) investment project which is being seen as a trial run for further deployments in smaller markets across the country. The town, which has a population of 4,000, is to get a fibre network which is being rolled out under a partnership between Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) operator E-net and business communications supplier AirSpeed Telecom. Local news portal Siliconrepublic reports that around half of the town’s businesses have already signed up for the high speed service. E-net has MANs in place in around 94 Irish towns and says that the Claremorris blueprint could be applied to any of these locations where a similar level of business take-up could be guaranteed. E-net CEO Conal Henry says the government-backed fibre project will be a major boost for businesses operating from smaller communities; he commented: ‘There is no reason why businesses in regional towns can’t compete on a level playing field.’
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