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  1. It@Cork Cork Metropolitan Area Network & Regional Broadband Niall.odonnchu@dcmnr.gov.ie

  2. Global Scene • Since late 1990, Telecoms Companies and • Bankers have written off • $250 bn in debt • €780 bn in Market Capital • Goldman Sachs • DSL revenue in Europe is growing by 24% per annum • €10.3 bn in 2006 • Revenue is falling for all fixed networks except broadband • The cost of renting DSL lines has fallen by 25% in the past year

  3. Global Scene • Beginning of 2003 • Few operators offering residential broadband above 1.5 mbps (3 minute music file downloaded in 16 seconds) • Now • Telewest offers 2 mbps (UK) • Telekom Austria offer 4 mbps • Telia offer 8 mbps (Sweeden) • Consumer uptake is generally slow • Price • Value and frequency of lost connection • So why investment paradox in Ireland • What is being done about it?

  4. Government Objective “That Ireland be in the top 10% of OECD countries for broadband connectivity within 5 years.” New Connections

  5. Irish Market Statistics • Domestic Internet minutes account for 40% of all retail minutes. This now exceeds voice minutes. • 45% PC ownership at home • Ireland 4th in the Eurobarometer of Internet penetration behind Holland, Denmark and Sweeden • Retail DSL Prices have halved since March 2003 (from €99 per month to €49 per month) • Since September 2003 a further €199 p.a. discount

  6. Irish Market Statistics • 10,000 new connections planned by Christmas • 0.7% of inhabitants or 1.8% of telecoms customers • DSL consumers now stand circa 10,000. The March figure was 1,000 • 1.6m customers in Ireland • Eircom has DSL enabled 118 exchanges to date in 2003 • 1,200 in the country • ESAT have DSL enabled 40 exchanges to date in 2003 • In Cork the following exchanges are DSL enabled • Ballincollig, Bandon, Churchfield, Cork Central, Dennehy’s Cross, Douglas, Kanturk, Macroom, Mallow, QUAKER Road, Wellington Road, Clonakilty

  7. WLAN Trial example: Amocom • Cork successful in securing 1 of 4 DCMNR nationwide sponsored initiatives • 80% coverage of Cork city and near surrounds – network build out excceded plans • In excess of 100 customers since launch Feb 2003 • World class Motorola based 5.7GHz radio access network combined with Amocom proprietary core access network • Delivering a range of broadband and point-to-point services to businesses (and homes) in Cork city and near surrounds • Rapid installs, low-cost, high speed, always-on, secure, flexiblity, local service • Providing the enabler for reduced costs, more efficient working processes and advanced applications => improves GDP of the region

  8. Wireless Node NSC Metro Fibre Ring Fixed Wireless Network Overview

  9. Korea Hong Kong Canada Taiwan Denmark Iceland Sweden Japan United States Austria Singapore Finland Ireland Broadband Penetration per 100 Inhabitants 2002 - Ireland 1.25% (DSL, leased line) of telecoms customers - .5% of inhabitants

  10. OECD Benchmarking • National Residential Basket • Ireland stands 11th out of 18 countries • National Business Basket • Ireland stands 10th out of 18 countries • International Residential Basket • Ireland stands 10th out of 18 countries • International Business Basket • Ireland stands 9th out of 18 countries • National Leased Line Basket • Ireland stands 7th out of 18 countries • International Leased Line Basket • Ireland stands 2nd out of 18 countries

  11. Metropolitan Area Networks NDP 2000-2006 Gweedore Letterkenny Manorhamilton Ballina Carrick-on-Shannon Roscommon Athlone Mullingar Galway Tullamore Portlaoise Carlow Kilkenny Limerick Clonmel Wexford Waterford Cork Dungarvan Metropolitan Area Network

  12. Geographical Coverage of Recommended Projects Including possible contracts with 3 private companies DPE2001 Gaoth Dobhair Industrial Park Gweedore Letterkenny Manorhamilton Sligo Monaghan* Ballina Cavan* Crossmolina Dundalk Carrickmacross Carrick-on-Shannon Cavan Kingscourt Castlebar Nobber Drogheda Roscommon Mullingar Colp RSU Athlone Dublin Galway Tullamore Naas Loughlinstown Banagher Portlaoise Enniskerry Kilmacanoge Birr Athy Newtownmountkennedy Wicklow Roscrea Carlow Ennis Arklow Kilkenny Limerick/ Shannon Gorey Annacotty RSU Carlow Enniscorthy New Ross Tipperary Mullinvat Clonmel Tralee Wexford Waterford Dungarvan Mallow Cork Macroom Crookstown Broadband PoP Links

  13. Update on MANS • First phase 19 MANS are underway • On target and slightly below cost • 53% civils completed • 42% fibre completed • Queuing and advancing requests for access

  14. Update on MSE • Independent Management Entity for the MANs • Multidisciplinary team in place • Bids in • Clarification requests issued • Presentations Made • Selection of ranked bidder • Contract – year end

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  16. Technical Aspects of Cork MAN Advanced fibre type G652.C to allow new high capacity technologies e.g.CWDM Construction started February 2003 and to be completed by December 2003 54km of 4 way 110mm duct 4 x 32mm subducts 263 chambers 40 km of 96 fibre cable and 14km of 192 fibre cable Advanced fibre type G652.C to allow new high capacity technologies e.g.CWDM Total cost of MAN project €12.5m

  17. Technical Aspects of Cork MAN Service Providers on the MAN route include eircom, ESAT-BT, Chorus, MCI, ESB-Telecom 6 km of ducting to connect more than 200 Customers including 16 business parks Patrick Street area renewal works have included a customer connections available in the footpath Co-Location facilities available at Churchfield and National Software Centre

  18. Market Developments2003 • Eircom DSL – 118 Exchanges – 40 towns & cities • FRIACI 30,000 customers • Eircom retail price reduction by €199 • Flat rate dial-up agreed and introduced • Esat DSL – 40 exchanges – 31 Towns • ESAT DSL reduced also by € 199 circa.

  19. Market Developments2003 • Irish broadband, Leap, NTL, offer bb packages • ESB fibrewrap project near complete. • BGE ducting in Dublin -Galway • WLAN trails going ahead • ESB Powerline trials going ahead • Schools’ Broadband

  20. Summary of Situation • Significant pick up in broadband numbers since March • 1,000 -10,000 -20,000 on DSL • Still relatively poor relation internationally on DSL • About 88 key towns and remote regions excluded from current plans • Newbridge,Maynooth,Carrrigaline,Cobh,Birr,Roscrea,Fermoy,Mitchelstown,Kilcock,Ballyshannon,Castleisland,Kildare town,Tipperary Town etc • €200m indicative NDP allocation

  21. Ministers View “Currently there are almost 88 large towns that the market is not addressing, and that simply is not sustainable” • The dificit must be addressed in a pro-competition, pro-choice and pro-low-cost fashion • If it isn’t addressed quickly by the market, the Minister will not hesitate to bring in stricter regulation and pursue some legislative options open to him • The Minister will not stand idly by while towns like Newbridge, Maynooth , Ardee, Mitchelstown, Roscrea and Cobh do not even have a basic DSL broadband service. • Ireland cannot preside over a culture of fegional broadband indifference • The case for ubiquitous broadband is as strong now as the case for digitisation 20 years ago and the rewards are potentially more promising

  22. Questions • Thank You