Wednesday September 23, 2020

Broadband: Filling the gaps

AirSpeed uses its fixed wireless technologies to bridge the digital divide, as well as offering uncontended and symmetrical alternatives to DSL, writes Ian Campbell.

30th June, 2012
Brendan Martin, sales director, AirSpeed Telecom: 'If you're off E-net fibre in the country, your options are limited'.

When a Cork-based recruitment company recently advertised a technical support position for a home worker, applicants were expected to have an internet connection with a minimum bandwidth requirements of 5Mbps upstream and 1Mbps down.

It was a timely reminder of how a digital divide around broadband can exclude people from opportunities.

The government's NewEra plan, outlined in the programme for government, pledges a long-term remedy by fibre-enabling 90 per cent of the country. The remaining...

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