€10m subsea telecoms link complete

ESB Telecoms Limited (ESBT) has completed a €10m optical fibre cable which directly links Irish businesses with major British cities for the first time.

The project was a partnership with Geo Networks Ltd, a leading British fibre network provider with both parties contributing €5m.

The new cable connects ESBT’s existing 1,300km fibre network in Ireland with Geo’s extensive British fibre network.

The two networks are connected by a cable across Irish sea known as the Emerald Bridge Fibres Cable.

The link provides virtually limitless capacity and low latency bandwidth, future-proofed and 100Gbps capable for even the most demanding of requirements.

Head of innovation at ESB, John McSweeney, said that the new link will be a boost to the information technology sector.

“The new fibre connection to the UK is a natural extension of ESB Telecom’s existing fibre network,” he said.

“Companies based here can now directly connect to over 100 data centres and key internet exchanges in London and elsewhere in the UK through a single supplier.

“This is a huge boost to Ireland’s communications infrastructure, which will help to attract high growth, data intensive companies to locate here,” Mr McSweeney added.

ESBT’s network around Ireland is constructed in a ‘figure of eight’.

The company already provides services to all of the mobile phone operators in Ireland, as well as the Government, licensed operators, and wireless internet services providers.

Chris Smedley, chief executive, Geo said: “The new cable completes Geo’s East-West Ring, which will allow customers on both sides of the Irish Sea to benefit from a single service provider offering a combination of two routes between the UK and Ireland.

“This diversity will provide unequalled resilience, unmatched in service availability.”


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