Community Network Services (CNS)

Project information

Index: 1204R4
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:the Information Society
Location IRELAND IRELAND Donegal Border, Midland and Western Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2005
End: 2011

Topic of the practice

Application of High Speed Broadband technology to serve remote uncovered areas.

Good Practice Information

This good practice, sought to bring broadband to the rural north-west of Ireland to provide direct service for customers -consumers and businesses- and to encourage online training and learning.

The aim of the experience is to implement a high speed broadband, in rural areas of the Irish North West crossborder area, to support future economic and social development of communities and business.

Importantly, the project was also intended to demonstrate, as a pilot, the potential of wireless technology to make broadband a feasible offering in sparsely populated areas and consequently to reduce the ‘digital divide’ - the separation of society into those with broadband access to the internet (and the richness of services and opportunities available therein), and those without such access.

Evidence of success

- Actual demand reached 3 times the levels anticipated.
- Competition:reaction from incumbent.
- Rural Broadband Model:effective model for areas impossible to reach using other technologies (DSL,FTTx)
- Crossborder: demonstration of services delivery in a seamless crossborder context.
- Network: 48 sites, speeds 1-8 Mbps,90% of the population of Donegal covered.
- Distance training and education

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Colm McColgan


Annex completed on: 06-18-2014

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