The Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources set aside €80 million for the construction of 27 Phase 1 MANs in 2003. The success of the Phase 1 MANs led to a second phase - with funding of €80 million earmarked for this Phase 2 MANs. These were to be built in over 90 towns with a population in excess of 1,500 and with no existing DSL broadband. The Phase 2 MANs were constructed during 2007 and commercially available in 2008 through the interim Management Services Entity, Magnum Opus Limited MagnumOpusContact. In the Shannon Region the towns/city that qualified for funding in Phase 1 and 2 were:-
Phase 1 MANs is managed, maintained and operated by e|net, the Management Services Entity (MSE) appointed by Government
Nenagh, Roscrea, Templemore, Birr, Banagher, Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale, and Kilrush.
For further information on getting access to the MANs Phase 2, contact interim MSE 2 Magnum Opus Ltd; Tel: 01 6114062, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Managed Services Entity
The Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources has developed a consistent national framework for the operation of the MANs being built across the country. All operation, maintenance and marketing of the completed networks is to be handled by a Managed Services Entity (MSE). Following a comprehensive tendering process by the Department of Communications Marine and Natural Resources, e|net was selected as the Managed Service Entity (MSE) for the State's regional broadband infrastructure. e|net holds this concession to manage, maintain and operate Metropolitan Area Networks on behalf of the Irish Government for a period of 15 years. To find out more about e|net click here