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Overview of the broadband developments in County Donegal _Ireland_ and the challenge of meeting the High Speed Broadband targets of the Digital Agenda For Europe _DAE_.ppt

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									 Overview of the broadband
 developments in County Donegal
 (Ireland) and the challenge of meeting
 the High Speed Broadband targets of the
 Digital Agenda For Europe (DAE)

                                  Brian Boyle
ERNACT 21st Anniversary, Brussels, 18th
         September 2012
     INDEX


•   County Donegal
•   Broadband Progression
•   Next challenge: High Speed Broadband
•   Where to aim ? : Finnish ENGAGE partner example
       County Donegal




    Donegal
•   North West Ireland
•   Border region
•   Population:  161,137
•   Area: 4,841 km2
•   Low density population:  33.28 people/km2
•   Scattered population
County Donegal, www.donegal.ie
     BROADBAND PROGRESSION
    Evolution

                                          Year 2012

                                      • Widespread broadband availability :
                                      • Competition in market place
                                      • Fibre,DSL, Fixed Wireless, Mobile Services
                                      • Services: web 2.0, eGovernment, social 
                                        media, eLearning, eWorking, eCommerce, 
                                        VoIP

     Year 2002

• No market competition
• Low availability :
• Low Speeds: 
• Services: email, limited on-line 
  services.
BROADBAND PROGRESSION
      SOME SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS


•New Backhaul Connections
•Metropolitan Area Networks (MANS)
•Cross Border Interconnects
•CNS Wireless Broadband project
•National Broadband Scheme
•Rural Broadband Scheme
•Telecommunications Operator Initiatives
•Project Kelvin
Starting Point
Second Backhaul Connection
Metropolitan Area Networks Project
                      KMs
                      Letterkenny               28.4
                      Donegal Town              13.8
                      Buncrana                  10.4
                      Ballybofey / Stranorlar    9.8
                      Ballyshannon              11.8
                      Bundoran                  11.5
                      Carndonagh                 4.3

                               Total      90 km


                      Total Costs         €16.1m

                      Donegal Co Council
                      Contribution       €1.75m
Cross-border Backhaul Interconnects
Community Network Services (CNS)

                   n Fixed Wireless
                     Service
                   n Speeds up to
                     50MB available
                   n Funded by IFI,
                     InterReg,Donegal
                     County Council,
                     Udaras Na
                     Gaeltachta
    National Broadband Scheme (NBS)




n   EU co-funding under the ERDF 2007-2013
n   Current NBS Service Specifications, Upload 1.2 – 4Mbps, Download 1.6 –
    6.8Mbps
n   Specification from Oct 2012, Upload 1.4 – 4.8Mbps, Download 2.3 – 10.4Mbps
Project Kelvin – Linking Ireland NW to North
America and Europe
NEXT CHALLENGE : HIGH SPEED BROADBAND
   Why High Speed Broadband?

• Changes in the way of consuming information:
   • More interactive (social media)
   • Higher data demanding (video, pictures,…)
   • New HSB services:
       • Business: cloud computing, virtual teams,…
       • Householders: IPTV, video on demand, online 
          gaming
       • Public services: eHealth, eEducation, …
• HSB is key  for knowledge-based growth
• Absence of HSB will generate digital divide 
 NEXT CHALLENGE : HIGH SPEED BROADBAND
 Digital Agenda targets




   2013                 2020
100% internet 
coverage
           100% coverage of  50% households take-up 
           ≥30Mbps           of ≥100Mbps 
NEXT CHALLENGE : HIGH SPEED BROADBAND
  Bigger challenge for rural areas


• National Broadband Plan
• FTTx based technology (even if using LTE for “last mile”)
• Non – commercial interest for private telecom providers:
   • Return of investment is not clear
   • Lower demand
• Rationale: social return of investment
• New financial models are needed (private-public
  partnership, community based models,…)
Ireland - National Broadband Plan


n 70Mbps - 100Mbps to more than half of the population
    by 2015
n   At least 40Mbps to at least a further 20% to 35% of the
    population by 2018
n   A minimum of 30Mbps for every remaining home and
    business in the country by 2020
n   Mapping Exercise to define the level of investment
n   Leveraging investment from both the private and
    public sectors
ACHIEVABLE – ENGAGE Project
Question: Is this achievable in my region?
Answer: Others have done it.
 Southern Ostrobothnia, Finnish partner in ENGAGE
 Density: 8,8 inhabitants/km2 
•  Formed by 55 villages (50-500 inhabitants per village)
•  Open access FTTx network owned by municipalities
•  Over 2000 households and businesses with FTTH-
  connection
•  Many customers getting 100 Mbits/s symmetrical 
  connections
•  Possiblility to choose among 6 ISPs
•  Financed with bank loans, regional, national & EU-funds 
  and money coming from the end-customers

								
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