Irish broadband services provider Magnet Networks has announced that it has submitted an application to the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) to operate digital terrestrial television (DTT) services in the country. Magnet is submitting the application to operate as a Multiplex Programme Content Manager during the trial of DTT, prior to the full-blown launch of national services. The company said the move marks the first step of what it sees as the changeover from analogue to digital in Ireland. The trial will incorporate next generation TV services such as video-on-demand (VoD), Personal Video Recorder (PVR) technology and other broadband-enabled value added applications for the consumer.
Magnet Networks has begun the regional rollout of SDSL in Ireland, having upgraded eight local exchanges around the country to handle the technology. As part of a local loop unbundling process, it has put SDSL equipment into exchanges located in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick. The company said it chose those exchanges because of the high density of businesses within the coverage area.