Ennis, Clare Ireland (PressExposure) November 05, 2007 -- AI Bridges, which designs and supports wireless broadband projects throughout Ireland, anticipates that work on its metro ethernet network from Cork to Donegal will be completed by the middle of 2008. The company expects that regional service providers will use the network to provide an 'interconnect' service to multi-site companies and organisations across the West of Ireland.
According to Mr. Kevin Hayes, Managing Director, AI Bridges, "The first part of the wireless Metro-Ethernet network from Cork Airport, through Limerick and Clare, has been live for the last two months. We anticipate that it will be extended to counties Galway, Mayo and Sligo early next year and to Donegal during the second quarter of 2008."
"This service essentially offers broadband service providers and organisations in rural parts of Ireland the opportunity to avail of their very own private broadband network, irrespective of geographic location and without incurring excessive infrastructural costs. The future rollout of broadband in Ireland lies with such Next Generation Networks", he stated.
Mr. Hayes said that AI Bridges' focus is not on the residential end-user market but on supplying a network with its own product solutions.
He explained, "Say, for example, a customer has its operations in Limerick and it wants to connect to another of its offices in Galway where there is not a broadband reach, they can obtain high capacity bandwidth connections by availing of this wireless network. Because the network is IP-based then the customer can avail of VOIP, video, data, security services over the same connection, there is no need to have multiple connections. Essentially users of the network benefit from their very own private broadband network."
AI Bridges, which experienced a 35% growth in its turnover in 2006, employs six people at its headquarters in Ennis and service centres in Dublin and Tralee. The roll out of the new metro ethernet network and the subsequent requirement for additional engineers is expected to result in the workforce growing to ten by the end of 2008.
Mr. Hayes, who spent eight years working in Japan for Toshiba and NEC before establishing AI Bridges in 2002, indicated that the development of the metro ethernet network represented a new departure for AI Bridges.
"The company's initially focus was on providing wireless broadband services to corporate customers. However, over the past 12 to 18 months our customer base has shifted to regional service providers as a result of the rollout of rural broadband networks. We have also just started selling product solutions abroad, including in South Africa", he explained.
The company currently supplies converged voice, data and telecoms product solutions and managed services. It also acts as a reseller for a number of companies, including AP Connections (Bandwidth Management Products based on proprietary traffic shaping technology), Motorola (Fixed Wireless Access Products) and Vegastream (Voice over IP Gateway Products) and Redline Communications (WiMAX and cellular backhaul Products).
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