Council signs Broadband contracts

Released: 02 May 2007

Work on the installation of broadband infrastructure in Tralee, Killarney and Listowel is due to begin in the next few weeks, after the contract signing for the Kerry Broadband MANS Project took place in the Ballygarry Hotel, Tralee on Tuesday.

The project will see over 38km of fibre based network laid in the streets of the three towns, providing crucial infrastructure for the provision of broadband within the county.

These networks will provide an open access high speed Broadband infrastructure to each town allowing private operators to provide broadband services to large industry, small and medium enterprises and residential customers.

The Department of Communications Marine and Natural Resources have approved six Kerry towns in the current round of funding.

Kenmare, Castleisland and Dingle join are also included in the project, but rather than having a fibre based network installed, they have a wireless system installed.

Work on Tralee, Killarney and Listowel will start in the coming weeks, with contractors O’Connor Utilities carrying out the work.

“It is a major project, but it will be a huge boost to the county in terms of attracting industry to Kerry,” Deputy Mayor, Cllr Robert Beasley explained.

John Breen, Director of Community & Enterprise with Kerry County Council explained that the laying of the fibre-based network in the streets of the three major towns would be a difficult task.

“We have appointed project management teams for each town to deal with safety, traffic management, road re-instatement and any queries or concerns that locals or businesses may have,” he explained.

“Strict traffic and pedestrian management schemes are to be implemented, with the vast majority of the trenches being opened, ducting laid and re-filled in the same day.

“We will be keeping the public and local businesses up to speed on our progress and where we will be working. Updates will be announced on Kerry County Council’s website, local radio and newspapers, a dedicated telephone number will be in place to deal with enquiries and comments from the public and business, and comments can also be emailed to

According to Tom Curran, A/County Manager, such a project is crucial for Kerry to keep up to date with the latest advances in technology,

“This project provides the infrastructure to allow for high-speed internet access around the county, which is crucial if Kerry is to compete in attracting industry.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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