In 2001, Shannon Development devised a strategy for the establishment of a regional telecommunications infrastructure that would position the Shannon region as a premier eBusiness location, both nationally and internationally. This strategy includes contributing a strong regional perspective to the ongoing national debate on broadband issues, as well as undertaking direct actions to address market failures identified in the region. The focus of these actions is to attract new carriers, infrastructure and services into the Shannon region, through a four-strand approach, namely:
Strand 1 - Encourage the roll-out and use of new resilient carrier-neutral infrastructure on a route from Limerick to Dublin;
Strand 2 - Encourage a global carrier to establish a Point of Presence (PoP) in the region;
Strand 3 - Adopt a “node and spoke” approach to broadband connectivity, with Limerick/Shannon at the centre and the other regional demand nodes clustered (via a regional ducting network) to boost the overall case and leverage maximum investment into the region.
Strand 4 - Facilitate “last mile” initiatives.
The Consortium proposing this project views each of these action areas as critical to achieving a successful outcome to the project.