Waterford secures Broadband Alternatives

Waterford shifted into broadband high gear today with the extension of DIGIWEB’s fixed wireless broadband network to the City and County. DIGIWEB, Ireland’s fastest expanding broadband services provider, is building an alternative network throughout the country which does not rely on eircom’s copper phone line infrastructure. This radio based network establishes broadband connections over the air, and makes use of Wireless Broadband Licenses awarded to Digiweb recently by the Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg. The new services were launched by Mr. Dermot Ahern TD, Minister for Communications Marine and Natural Resources and Cllr. Seamus Ryan, Mayor of Waterford, at a reception at the Ard Rí Hotel attended by leading business and industry representatives from the region. Cllr. Seamus Ryan, Mayor of Waterford welcomed DIGIWEB’s expansion: “I’m delighted to welcome Digiweb to Waterford … their service will give choice to both Business and Residential customers, ensuring Waterford can offer the best in terms of broadband internet access. This will enhance the competitiveness of existing local business in the global marketplace, and will be yet another attraction for further inward investment to Waterford”. Officially launching the service, Minister Dermot Ahern observed that “broadband is the new tool in everybody’s toolbox – the one tool we can’t do without”, and concluded by saying “the broadband revolution is now definitely under way, and Digiweb can be said to be one of the leaders in that revolution” Customers will not need a phone line to receive the new broadband service, and the service extends broadband reach 4 times further than that of ADSL. This provides a much improved availability over that of phone line...

Ireland’s Digiweb joins WiMax Forum

As a member of the forum Digiweb will be able to promote any issues that may arise with relevance to the Irish market and glean expertise and knowledge from its fellow members, such as Intel, Fujitsu, Proxim and Nokia, according to Colm Piercy, managing director of Digiweb. The WiMax Forum was established to promote and certify compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products and platforms. In particular, the group promotes industry-wide acceptance of the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN standards, which will result in greater range, mobility and speed in wireless broadband services. Digiweb has been active of late. Most recently it launched residential and business fixed wireless broadband services in Cork city and county. The company already provides services in Dublin, Meath and Louth and aims to launch base stations in the midlands and border regions before the end of the year. “We aim to launch a new base-station every two to three weeks from here on in,” said Piercy speaking with ElectricNews.Net. WiMax offers high-speed wireless data connections over a range of around 30 miles. The technology features both increased range and download speeds compared to Wi-Fi (802.11x), which is intended to provide coverage over small areas. Along with Wi-Fi, other fixed-wireless broadband systems currently exist, including hardware that can deliver services over several miles. But many of these also require “line of sight” between a transmitter and receiver to function — WiMax does not. By the beginning of 2005 Digiweb intends to provide fixed wireless broadband services to approximately 50 percent of the country. “We will be able to offer broadband services to people...

Broadband breaks out in Cork City and County

DIGIWEB, Irelands fastest expanding broadband services provider, achieved another milestone today with the simultaneous launch of live licensed broadband services in Cork City and County, and the official opening of its new office in Cork City.  This step provides high speed broadband access to business, home and education users throughout Cork. The new services and launch were announced by Minister Dermot Ahern and Councillor Mary Shields, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork City, at a morning reception at the Gresham Metropole Hotel in Cork. Launching the service today, Dermot Ahern TD, Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, said: “This launch by Digiweb of its broadband services in the Cork region is a very welcome boost to the market, providing customers and business with competition and choice. The more players we have in the broadband market the better. This is a most welcome initiative.” Digiweb was awarded 16 licenses by ComReg over the past year to deploy broadband access around the country, and on being recently awarded a license for Cork in July, the company moved swiftly to establish a new office, recruit staff and construct its broadband access network.  Digiweb Cork will service the City and County, and will also support broadband services throughout the entire South West and Mid West regions. Welcoming this announcement, Cllr Mary Shields, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork City, said: ” I’m delighted to welcome Digiweb to Cork, and its great to see another successful indigenous Irish company investing here, particularly with their intention to create a further 25 new technology sector jobs to service broadband in this region” There was great excitement this...