50th connection for Kilkenny’s fibredirect network

Press release
01st Sep 2015


Benefits of enet fibre ring true in Murphy’s Jewellers

Murphys Jewellers is celebrating becoming the 50th business to connect to Kilkenny’s new world class fibre network, enet fibredirect.

enet’s ‘Fibre To The Business’ (FTTB) project, more commonly known as enet fibredirect has, in the past year, seen SME’s in Claremorris, Loughrea, Ardee and Kilkenny City connect to the company’s world class fibre network. This new network ensures that businesses in these areas can now have access to super-fast and reliable fibre broadband, as well as traditional telephone services.
Specifically delivered to businesses in regional Ireland, enet fibredirect enabled premises can now get broadband speeds of 250Mbs, providing the ultimate broadband experience, and allowing end users to take full advantage of digital markets and to exploit online opportunities.

Murphy Jewellers in Kilkenny is a well-known jewellery and watch store in the city and was one of the first businesses to sign up for FTTB. Owners Martin and Stephen Costello, along with their seven dedicated staff members, have quickly noticed the huge benefits of the fibre connection.

“Before the Kilkenny FTTB project the only connection available on the main streets of Kilkenny was copper, and the speed was always terrible”, says Martin Costello. “Fast and reliable internet is hugely important in our company as we run many critical components off our broadband. Our IP landline phone system, credit card machine, stock control system, backups to the cloud and CCTV footage are all reliant on this infrastructure and have always struggling and been delayed with our old connection. We also found that people struggled to hear us over our I.P. phone lines because so little data was being uploaded”, he added.

Martin, who is also president of the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, continued, “Since moving to the enet fibredirect network all of our systems have been working perfectly and quickly. I firmly believe that anyone who takes their business seriously would be negligent not to upgrade and future proof their business by demanding this for their area. With the fibredirect connection my business’s internet demands can all be met for the foreseeable future without any need for new cabling to be installed.”

Conal Henry, CEO of enet, who also operate and manage the MANs on behalf of the state, said; “We have always understood the requirements for faster and more reliable broadband in small businesses in regional Ireland, and we are always pleased to have these benefits confirmed back to us by the end users. A business with fibre broadband has a far more competitive advantage than their competitors without fibre, and it enables them to grow their business not only within their local community, but also in new markets outside of it.”

The ‘go-live’ of the FTTB network in Kilkenny by is still underway with all businesses due to be fully connected by the end of October.