The investment will enable the launch of Ripplecom’s Next Generation Broadband across the 18 counties where Ripplecom provides services. Ripplecom is also simultaneously launching its new Voice services across its customer base.
The core elements of the infrastructure investment, includes the deployment of high speed carrier grade backhaul links and the upgrading of the core network infrastructure.
Commenting on the investment John McDonnell, Ripplecom CEO said: “This investment is the next step in our overall business plan which will produce an additional 25,000 customers over the next four years. In the last twelve months we have doubled our customer base and doubled our staff compliment.”
Mr. McDonnell explained: “There is a tremendous appetite for dependable, high speed broadband within the Irish marketplace and the upgrading will allow us to provide next generation speeds to those who to date, have fallen on the wrong side of the digital divide. ”.
Mr McDonnell noted that the upgrade will enable Ripplecom to roll out a basic broadband package of 8mb/1mb speeds, which will be the fastest widely available package in the country.
“The new infrastructure will support our new bundled internet and voice products. Customers will be able to surf at high speeds and reduce their voice and broadband monthly costs by up to 50%”, he concluded.
Headquartered in Limerick, Ripplecom began trading in 2009 following the merger of two Irish Wireless Internet Service Providers, Amocom and Callidus/Omnitel. In May 2010, the company acquired the broadband network previously operated by Ice Communications Ltd., trading as Ice Broadband.
The Irish Internet Association’s Annual Congress will take place on 21-22 May, 2009 in the Crowne Plaza Conference Hotel, Dublin. The annual Net Visionary Awards will also be held on the first night of the conference. This premier event will be attended by over 400 industry professionals.
The audience last year comprised senior managers, decision makers and key industry personnel and the event was a complete sell-out. 38% of delegates at last year’s Congress in Croke Park were C- or Director level. (Watch a video review of last year’s event)
The IIA Congress is unique in that it provides excellent content in an educational and networking environment. Previous keynote speakers come from companies such as Bebo, eBay, Microsoft, Dell, Google, Yahoo, Aer Lingus and Jupiter Research. The format of this 2-day event includes plenary sessions, breakout sessions, clinics and ample networking opportunities.
Fergal O’Byrne, IIA CEO, speaking about this year’s theme, commented, "The IIA holds a strong conviction that when times are tough, the internet offers solutions for a broad variety of enterprises. The focus this year will be the potential of the internet to allow businesses to market their products and services, protect and profit from their resources and leverage the latest internet innovations to maximise the opportunities available."
Nominations for this year’s Net Visionary Awards will open mid-February followed by the creation of shortlists created by judges chosen from the Irish Internet sector and culminating in a public online vote. Last year’s awards saw the largest number of nominations and votes than any year previously and the IIA hope that running the two events at the same time will facilitate more companies attending both of these events.
The IIA is currently seeking expressions of interest from amongst its members for the many speaker and sponsorship opportunities that an event like this affords.
More information and updates: www.iia.ie/congress09/