Enet, Ireland’s largest open-access network operator, has won the National Innovation Award as part of the European Business Awards (EBAs), one of the world’s largest cross-industry, cross border business competitions.
Enet was chosen from 2,753 businesses across Europe named as ‘Ones to Watch’ in a list of business excellence published in July. The company was then selected as a National Winner by a panel of independent judges including business leaders, politicians and academics. Enet will now go on to represent Ireland in the final stage of the competition.
Enet operates the largest alternative wholesale telecoms network in Ireland, which comprises of over 5,400km of fibre infrastructure, including the Irish State’s Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), proprietary metro networks, a unique dark fibre backhaul infrastructure, as well as one of the largest licensed wireless networks in the country. With over 120 employees based in Limerick and Dublin, Enet currently works with over 80 different retail service providers to bring high-quality broadband and wireless to more than one million end users.
Enet won the award in recognition of its Enet Connect platform, a market first which makes Enet’s proprietary infrastructure, as well as that from third parties, easily accessible to retail service providers through one simple platform.
Enet will head to Warsaw, Poland, on the 3rd and 4th of December to complete a final round of judging and attend a summit to engage in business issues, as well as the Gala Ceremony where the overall category winners for the 2019 European Business Awards will be announced.
Speaking about the recognition, Peter McCarthy, Enet Group CEO, said: “We are delighted to have claimed the National Award for Innovation in Ireland. At Enet we strive to put our customers first in everything we do. Our culture of innovation is focused on delivering for our customers and making our services better, cheaper, or more efficient.
“As a wholesaler, we don’t compete with our customers and indeed we only succeed when our customers succeed. This is a significant recognition of that commitment to innovation and customer service, and we’re looking forward to the EBA Gala Ceremony in December.”
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, said: “This is a significant achievement and Enet is an outstanding leader in their field. To be chosen as a National Winner means you show great innovation, ethics and success and are one of the best businesses in Europe. We wish Enet the best of luck in the final round.”
The European Business Awards is now in its 12th year and its primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. This year it considered over 120,000 businesses from 33 countries. Sponsors and partners include Inflexion, Germany Trade & Invest and Cision PR Newswire.