Fibre broadband connectivity from Enet via Fastcom will drive the digital ambitions of innovative local firms at ManorHUB in Leitrim.

New fibre broadband connectivity has been deployed at the Park Road Industrial Estate in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, in a move that will drive the digital ambitions of close to a dozen local firms.

ManorHUB technology co-working space is located alongside long-established manufacturing company Merenda.

“Like all businesses, the tenants within ManorHUB are adapting to new ways of working that have evolved over the past 12 months”

Both ManorHUB and Merenda’s access to high-speed broadband is via Fastcom, one of Ireland’s largest independently owned telecoms providers.

Future-proofed

On the back of the future-proofed fibre connectivity delivered at the site, ManorHUB has become home to 10 local businesses, with the quality and reliability of the internet connection critical to the operations of all companies.

ManorHUB is now expanding to facilitate a new video booth for tenants to use as the current and post pandemic work lifestyles evolve to include more video conferencing and unified communications.

“Like all businesses, the tenants within ManorHUB are adapting to new ways of working that have evolved over the past 12 months,” said Ronan Haslette, CEO of ManorHUB.

“We have also had to adapt by creating a fully connected space that works for their requirements. The Enet fibre connectivity that facilitates our high-speed broadband from Fastcom has allowed us to upgrade our workspace to suit the rapidly evolving needs of our clients.”

Also in the same building is Merenda, a family business established in 1984 dedicated to manufacturing high-quality wood veneer component products. The business, which has played a significant part in the local community for nearly 40 years, moved to Fastcom broadband services (provided over Enet fibre) in 2015.

At the time, the move to fibre was implemented to help future proof digital connectivity for the business. That foresight is now paying off handsomely, with Merenda preparing to unveil a new cloud-based ERP (enterprise resource planning) system in April 2021, which will support the backend information flow required for Merenda’s new e-commerce platform launching in the summer of 2021.

“In these times, where high quality connectivity is paramount to the success of businesses all across the country, it is great to see the benefits it brings to both entities as well as the remote working business tenants within the hub,” said Lorraine Gribbons, managing director of Fastcom. “We are confident that, by partnering together on this, the businesses are in a great position for continued future growth and development.”

Enet operates the largest alternative wholesale telecoms network in Ireland, which comprises of over 5,400km of fibre infrastructure, including the Irish State’s Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), proprietary metro networks, a unique dark fibre backhaul infrastructure, as well as one of the largest licensed wireless networks in the country.

“We are delighted to have delivered world class fibre infrastructure to Manorhamilton,” said Cormac Ryan, Enet’s commercial director. “The connectivity into ManorHUB provides state of the art services for businesses, as well as providing top class facilities for remote workers.”

Main image at top: Ronan Haslette, CEO of ManorHUB in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 3 March 2021

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