Deputy McConalogue said, “I have been pushing the issue of getting the Metropolitan Area Networks in Buncrana and Carndonagh into usage in order to enhance the communications options available to local businesses. It is good to see that the necessary ‘backhaul’ has now been connected in Carndonagh and that the first customer is now live.
“Usage of the MAN networks has been very slow until now with the connection costs proving a deterrent for a large proportion of potential customers. Hopefully with the network now being used in Carndonagh, we may begin to see connection costs to the network become a more affordable option for additional users.
“The Buncrana MAN has no connections yet. Therefore it’s important that the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte considers using the MAN system as part of the plan to bring high speed broadband to second level schools. This would ensure that the existing broadband infrastructure (MANs) can be put to good use.”
Deputy McConalogue added: “This is certainly a step in the right direction. I want to see more use made of this fibre infrastructure in order to further drive down the costs of telecoms for businesses in Buncrana and Carndonagh.”