Irish wholesale network operator Enet has announced the signing of what it called a ‘significant backhaul deal’ with local ISP BBnet. In a press release outlining the development, Enet noted that under the agreement BBnet will gain access to an aggregated capacity of 100GB across Ireland, which it is claimed will allow the ISP to scale up its services across the country and bring greater competition to the Irish broadband market. The additional backhaul capacity will deliver highly resilient core network points to BBnet’s regional networks across Counties Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry and Limerick, it said. Meanwhile, the Enet network will also reportedly allow BBnet to split its dependency on Dublin for international connectivity by also adding connectivity in Cork via Cork Internet Exchange (CIX).
Commenting, Cormac Ryan, Commercial Director at Enet said: ‘Improving connectivity and competition within the Irish broadband market – particularly in more rural parts of the country – will be an essential driver of economic growth in the years to come and as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. This significant expansion of BBnet’s backhaul capacity will be a huge boost for businesses and consumers across Munster and Connacht, helping them to enjoy greater connectivity and reliability when it comes to their broadband.’