Feeds

Leap leaps into fixed-line broadband

Irish unbundle for the business punter

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Leap Broadband has signed a deal with Eircom which will allow the firm to offer a fixed-line broadband service using Eircom's network.

The deal is the first of 50 such agreements that Leap Broadband will sign with Eircom over the next few years. The agreements will provide Leap with access to Eircom's local loops and will enable it to offer Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line (SDSL) - a next generation upgrade from Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) - to business broadband users.

"Unlike ADSL resellers we will now be able to provide products outside of the existing limitations - we will determine the speed, contention rates and prices as the market requires," said Rory Ardagh, director of Leap Broadband in a statement. "Initially we will deploy technology called SDSL, it is the next generation of broadband after ADSL was launched two years ago," he continued.

SDSL supports the same data rates for downloading and uploading data whereas ADSL downloading speeds are quicker than upload speeds.

Exchanges in Dublin will be the first to be unbundled; the service will be live in around a month's time according to Charlie Ardagh, director of Leap Broadband. The company will then start to unbundle the various local loops around the country targeting areas with high density populations like Cork, Galway and Limerick first. Ardagh estimates that Leap fixed-line broadband will be available in the major cities within the next 18 to 24 months.

Leap has its eyes on the high-end business broadband users who typically pay out €2,000 per month for dedicated bandwidth services. Leap aims to offer a similar service through SDSL at a much discounted price of under €1,000 per month, Ardagh told ElectricNews.Net. With this package Leap aims to target Eircom, Esat BT and other broadband providers' customers in addition to recruiting new customers.

The company plans to invest €10m over the next three years in this fixed-line broadband service and hopes to achieve between 3 per cent and 4 per cent market penetration in its designated markets.

"The market can expect several related important announcements regarding our partnerships, investors, suppliers and services over the summer and into September, said Ardagh in a statement, "right now we are happy to have signed the first of these milestone agreements that we truly believe will shake up the broadband market for the business community."

© ENN

Related stories

NTL Ireland to splash 100m on network
Esat BT to launch residential VoIP
Ireland gov calls for cheaper broadband

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
AT&T dangles gigabit broadband plans over 100 US cities
So soon after a mulled Google Fiber expansion, fancy that
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes
Bandwidth hogger needs tube embiggenment if it's to succeed
Turnbull gave NBN Co NO RULES to plan blackspot upgrades
NBN Co faces huge future Telstra bills and reduces fibre footprint
NBN Co plans fibre-to-the-basement blitz to beat cherry-pickers
Heading off at the pass operation given same priority as blackspot fixing
NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER
Announcement of VDSL trial is not proof of concept for fibre-to-the-node
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.