State 'jeopardising global markets' says tech chief
High-speed fibre broadband is essential for companies in rural Ireland servicing global markets, said Philip Martin, chief executive officer of Cora Systems.
His company, which has its headquarters in Carrick-on-Shannon, is a world leader in enterprise project and portfolio management for global organisations and Government agencies.
It employs 65 people and manages more than €20bn-worth of projects each day, supporting hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. For businesses like Cora Systems to thrive in rural Ireland, they need superfast broadband and "the State's continuing reluctance to put the National Broadband Plan into action is severely jeopardising the potential prosperity of the whole country", he said.
"To stand any chance of starting, growing and sustaining a business in rural Ireland with intentions to trade globally, superfast connectivity is imperative. I share the frustration of other tech businesses in Leitrim that both the motorway and high-speed fibre stop at Mullingar. Carrick-on-Shannon is at the centre of a cluster of international software companies in the Sligo-Leitrim-Donegal hinterland. It doesn't make our job easier that the high-speed broadband we have during normal business hours, is not available to staff at night."