The investment will enable the launch of Ripplecom’s Next Generation Broadband across the 18 counties where Ripplecom provides services. Ripplecom is also simultaneously launching its new Voice services across its customer base.
The core elements of the infrastructure investment, includes the deployment of high speed carrier grade backhaul links and the upgrading of the core network infrastructure.
Commenting on the investment John McDonnell, Ripplecom CEO said: “This investment is the next step in our overall business plan which will produce an additional 25,000 customers over the next four years. In the last twelve months we have doubled our customer base and doubled our staff compliment.”
Mr. McDonnell explained: “There is a tremendous appetite for dependable, high speed broadband within the Irish marketplace and the upgrading will allow us to provide next generation speeds to those who to date, have fallen on the wrong side of the digital divide. ”.
Mr McDonnell noted that the upgrade will enable Ripplecom to roll out a basic broadband package of 8mb/1mb speeds, which will be the fastest widely available package in the country.
“The new infrastructure will support our new bundled internet and voice products. Customers will be able to surf at high speeds and reduce their voice and broadband monthly costs by up to 50%”, he concluded.
Headquartered in Limerick, Ripplecom began trading in 2009 following the merger of two Irish Wireless Internet Service Providers, Amocom and Callidus/Omnitel. In May 2010, the company acquired the broadband network previously operated by Ice Communications Ltd., trading as Ice Broadband.