Situated in the South East province of Munster.
Facing the Atlantic is has many peninsulas, inlets.
It is one of the most mountainous regions in Ireland.
The latest statistics from Forfás show that 90% of internet connections are broadband based and that new connections, which continue to progress steadily, are to be welcomed.
Unfortunately, the amount of connections is no longer as important as the speed of those connections.
Both foreign hi-tech international companies and domestic start-ups require fast broadband to be able to operate and compete from Kerry.
The fact that only 5% of Irish broadband can offer speeds above 10Mb/s compared to other leading EU countries such as Portugal (47%), Belgium (45%) or Sweden (34.5%) leaves us at a huge competitive disadvantage. </li></ul>
Broadband Services What companies are providing broadband access to the internet in your area? <ul><li>VoIP & Internet Services Ltd - Broadband Internet Cork & Kerry
Broadband Description What type of telecommunications companies are they? <ul><li>Broadband Internet Cork and Kerry, VoIP and Internet Services Ltd. has built a next generation wireless network with advanced bandwidth management and Dual Resilient Tier 1 Fibre Optic Backhaul on to the international grid.
Kerry Broadband offers a high speed internet connection via wireless technology to communities and businesses in Kerry who cannot receive ADSL or cable.
WiMax means Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access: a 4G wireless technology allowing Irish consumers to avail of a quality home phone and internet service with no line rental charge
ABB Telecom are agents in Ireland for Astra2Connect (A2C) provided by Ses-Astra – a satellite broadband system that provides broadband, telephone and tv from the same satellite dish.
Iveragh Broadband is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that provides wireless broadband internet access.
Strensom provide Cloud Services & Innovative Data and Internet Solutions. </li></ul>
... cont. <ul><li>e|net is the private company that manages the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) programme on behalf of the Irish Government and provides provides open access bandwidth to licensed operators.
Vodafone offers fixed line & wireless, and mobile broadband
O2 offers fixed line & wireless, and mobile broadband
UPC offers the fastest congestion free Fibre Power Broadband in Ireland. Through the use of a cable modem you can access a broadband internet connection that is designed to work over HFC network. This works by using TV channel space for transferring data upstream and downstream. </li></ul>
How Do They Operate? What medium of communication do they use to provide the service? <ul><li>DSL : is technology that transfers data over traditional copper telephone lines already installed and coverage is the broadest across Ireland. </li><ul><li>ADSL : is delivered through your existing Eircom telephone line, using a special modem or router. It is possible to use the landline while surfing.
SDSL : the benefit of SDSL is that it allows equally fast uploading as downloading but requires an extra phone line. </li></ul></ul><ul>Examples: Digiweb, Eircom, Vodafone and O2 <li>Cable Modem: This service is offered by television cable providers </li></ul><ul>Examples: UPC </ul><ul><li>Satellite: is a form of wireless broadband
Examples - Digiweb, WiMax and ABB Telecom </li></ul>
... Cont. <ul><li>Wireless Access:Fixed (FWA): uses a direct line-of-sight antenna between transmitter and receiver to get a signal. Is suitable in areas without DSL or cable service. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WIFI extends the FWA range by a wireless router
Nomadic (NWA) : 3G broadband services using High speed Packet Access (HSPDA) devices known as dongles. </li></ul></ul><ul>Examples : Kerry Broadband (FWA), Iveragh Broadband (FWA), Permanet (FWA), Vodafone (NWA) and O2 (NWA) <li>Local Loop Unbundling (LLU): describes the access provided by local exchange carriers so that other service providers may buy or lease portions of its network.
Examples: VoIP and Internet Services Ltd - Broadband Internet Cork and Kerry (LLU)
Fibre Optic Technology: uses fine glass or plastic fibers to transmit data.
Examples: Available in limited areas – metropolitan, light industrial, business and technology parks </li></ul>
The Choices How do you choose and what best suits you? Business can purchase a combination of all of the internet attributes (as listed above) where a Service Provider can provide a “one-stop-shop-solution” in a package/bundle. A more discriminating or knowledgeable business user may purchase individual portions of their requirements from different suppliers for example have separate contracts for the mobile telephony requirement to their internet requirements to their internet requirement etc. It is recommended that due to the high demand users have two packages so that if one is down or slow this can be accommodated while running a business.
Top Choices Outline of 4-6 options available <ul><li>Eircom (DSL)
Strengths and Advantages Outline of the technical specifications of each option. Download Speed Upload Speed Download allowance Other <ul>Eircom Broadband </ul><ul>Business Starter offers 8 </ul>8MB 1.1MB Unlimited 350 M Free webspace Free WiFi modem Free WiFi access Free local & national calls Kerry Broadband Net Platinum 5Mb 2Mb 70 Gb*** 3 email addresses VoIP VoIP & Internet Services Ltd 1 IP Allocated Static/Dynamic VoIP Vodafone Advanced Plus Vodafone Office 12 MB 2 MB Unlimited Free calls to local, national & Vodafone mobiles O2 Total Business Solo 12 MB 1500 mins local, national & calls to landlines 500 mins to O2 mobiles
Rates What are their business rates? Company Installation Monthly Rental Line Rental Contract <ul>Eircom Broadband </ul>€ 50 once-off charge with 1 static IP address €40 ex. VAT €20.96 12 months Kerry Broadband €99.99 €49.99 n/a 12 months VoIP & Internet Services Ltd Vodafone Free €89.99 Inclusive O2 Free €79.99 Inclusive 12/18 months
The Total Cost Outline of the full range of costs involved. Extra costs may include: <ul><li>Wireless routers
Decision Time Identify one option that suits your business needs the best and give reasons for your choice. The best option is Eircom DSL due to competitive service, speed and cost with fast, always-on internet access. It is the most likely choice unless you happen to live somewhere remote, or don't have a phone line. It is possible to use the landline while surfing. The next option is Kerry Broadband FWA if Eircom does not service your area. Finally Vodafone Mobile Broadband offers the last option for remote areas without any of the above options.