6th Jan 2009 – e|net, the company which manages the State’s regional fibre networks, welcomed the announcement of a direct telecommunications link to North America, highlighting the fact that at least 3 MAN enabled towns will be directly connected to the new high speed transatlantic infrastructure.
Conal Henry, CEO of e|net commented, “e|net is encouraged by the Department’s announcement. With international connectivity, Letterkenny, Dundalk and Monaghan Town will be attractive bases for businesses. Companies can set up there and be confident that they can operate successfully in the global market.” Henry went on to say, “e|net and the MANs are already delivering on the policy objectives of expanding and retaining foreign direct investment in regional Ireland, reducing the cost of high quality broadband, and increasing competition for telecommunications in the regions. Initiatives such as this transatlantic link are critical in developing and exploiting the investment in the MANs.”
The project, dubbed Project Kelvin, is a cross-border venture co-financed under the EU’s INTERREG IVA in a partnership between the Department of Communication, Energy and Natural resources and the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.