Bord Gais to lay broadband cable to west with pipeline
A DIVISION of Bord Gais is to build a fibre-optic network that will link the west of Ireland to Dublin in what has been described as a "significant boost" to the Government's smart economy strategy.
Aurora Telecom will install more than 330km of fibre optic cable along the route of Bord Gais's gas pipeline to the west.
The open access network will be available to both telecoms carriers and corporations. The route will incorporate Galway, Athlone, Mullingar and Ennis initially, with other towns along the way being connected as demand requires. Aurora will be using a 'dark fibre' system for large corporations and multinationals and a 'managed bandwidth' service for smaller firms.
Dark fibre will allow multinationals to "effectively control their telecom networks, thereby facilitating a reduction in operational expenditure, while providing almost unlimited bandwidth well into the future", according to Aurora.
The 'managed bandwidth' backhaul service will enable smaller businesses to increase their bandwidth as their demand requires it. Companies will be able to move from the 'managed bandwidth' system to the 'dark fibre' system as their business requires.
Communications Minister Eamon Ryan welcomed the announcement.
"Government broadband policy involves leveraging state-owned infrastructure, such as gas pipelines, to help deliver high-speed broadband throughout the country. The state agencies possessing telecoms infrastructure therefore have a key role to play in providing cost-effective and open access to backhaul," he said.
Bord Gais chief executive John Mullins said high-speed bandwidth was critical to the country's future.