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
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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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