e|net and Ice Broadband have entered into an agreement to deliver wireless broadband services in the Midlands and in early 2007 will expand their services across the country.
Commenting on the agreement, CEO of e|net Conal Henry said: “We are proud to add Ice to the growing list of operators that are using e|net for their own competitive advantage and we look forward to working with them to provide high quality broadband services. Our customers know that e|net delivers scalable, reliable communications solutions with turnaround times and service levels that eircom customers can only dream of.”
Ice Broadband Chairman, Fran Rooney said: “Partnering with e|net will allow us to roll out wireless broadband from the MANs to outlying areas, maximising the State’s investment in the broadband infrastructure and extending the service to surrounding communities.”
The first collaboration between the two companies took place at the highly successful Electric Picnic event, in Stradbally, Co. Laois, in September 2006.
The event was wired for cutting edge communications, using technology provided by e|net, the Limerick based company which manages the State’s regional broadband network, and Ice Broadband, a leading nationwide provider of wireless internet services. Ice Broadband provided the reliable wireless Internet service for RTE and the Gardai over the weekend Electric Picnic festival.
Since then, e|net and Ice Broadband have worked together to deliver broadband services to a growing area in the Midlands. High quality broadband is already being delivered to communities in Tullamore, Mullingar and Portlaoise. The number of towns covered will increase in 2007.
e|net manages 27 Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) across the country, providing state of the art fibre networks to telecoms operators, such as Ice Broadband.
Ice Broadband was established in March 2003 as a pioneering wireless broadband service provider. Today, it is one of the premier broadband carrier providing quality services to both business and residential customers. Its rapid rollout of wireless broadband has resulted in widespread coverage across the country. Yvonne Rooney, daughter of Fran Rooney, is the MD of Ice Broadband.