Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (9)

David Stanton

Question:

9. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the total cost of delivering the metropolitan area networks, MANs; if all 88 MANs are now lit; the numbers of persons and businesses using the MANs infrastructure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11656/14]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The cost to the State of delivering the Metropolitan Area Networks or MANs Programme is in the region of €176 million. The Programme was eligible for co-funding of 40% to 50% under the European Regional Development Fund. Phase I of the MANs programme delivered optical fibre based networks to twenty eight towns and cities around the country. The total capital cost of Phase I of the Programme was €85 million. Phase II of the MANs programme delivered a further sixty fibre networks serving sixty-six towns. The total capital cost of Phase II of the Programme is €91.5 million. The MANs are managed, maintained and operated by e|net, who were appointed as Concessionaire following a procurement process in 2004 for the Phase I MANs and in 2009 for the Phase II MANs. e|net makes the networks available to the telecommunications sector on an open access basis.

Of the 88 MANs, 83 are currently “lit”, that is, connected to backhaul and in use by one or more licensed telecoms service providers. The final Phase II MAN, Kinsale, will shortly be handed over to e|net. The MANs that are not currently lit are available and ready to meet demand for services as it arises. e|net is a commercial organisation and information on traffic on the MANs is commercially sensitive. However, it is estimated that in excess of 600,000 individuals and business users are currently benefiting from the MANs infrastructure. The number of connections to the MANs has doubled in recent years and over 50 service providers are using the MANs infrastructure.

Since the inception of the MANs Programme, demand for bandwidth has increased significantly and this increase is expected to continue. Almost all broadband service providers are increasingly turning to optical fibre to backbone their networks. Service providers will continue to bring optical fibre closer to their end users. The MANs are ready to meet the demand for fibre connectivity and are well placed to serve the needs of service providers and their end users for the foreseeable future. The following table sets out a list of the MANs, the construction completion date for each MAN and the current status of each MAN:

Phase One Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs)

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MAN

County

Year of Completion

Year MAN was lit

1

Cavan

Cavan

2006

2006

2

Kingscourt

Cavan

2006

2012

3

Cork

Cork

2005

2005

4

Carlow

Carlow

2005

2006

5

Letterkenny

Donegal

2004

2005

6

Gweedore

Donegal

2005

2011

7

Galway

Galway

2004

2004

8

Kilkenny

Kilkenny

2005

2006

9

Portlaoise

Laois

2005

2005

10

Carrick-on-Shannon

Leitrim

2005

2005

11

Manorhamilton

Leitrim

2005

2006

12

Limerick

Limerick

2005

2005

13

Dundalk

Louth

2006

2006

14

Drogheda

Louth

2006

2006

15

Ballina

Mayo

2003

2004

16

Belmullet

Mayo

2011

Not yet lit

17

Kiltimagh

Mayo

2003

2009

18

Carrickmacross

Monaghan

2006

2012

19

Monaghan

Monaghan

2006

2008

20

Tullamore

Offaly

2005

2006

21

Roscommon

Roscommon

2004

2006

22

Sligo

Sligo

2005

2005

23

Clonmel

Tipperary

2004

2004

24

Dungarvan

Waterford

2004

2006

25

Waterford

Waterford

2005

2005

26

Athlone

Westmeath

2004

2005

27

Mullingar

Westmeath

2005

2006

28

Wexford

Wexford

2005

2005

Phase Two Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs)

MAN

County

Year of Completion

Year MAN was lit

1

Cootehill

Cavan

2007

2010

2

Bailieborough

Cavan

2007

2012

3

Kilrush

Clare

2008

2012

4

Bantry

Cork

2008

2010

5

Blarney

Cork

2008

2009

6

Carrigaline/Ringaskiddy/Passage West

Cork

2008

2009

7

Charleville

Cork

2008

2011

8

Dunmanway

Cork

2008

2012

9

Fermoy

Cork

2008

2012

10

Kanturk

Cork

2008

2013

11

Kinsale

Cork

2013

Not lit yet

12

Midleton

Cork

2008

2012

13

Mitchelstown

Cork

2008

2013

14

Skibbereen

Cork

2008

2012

15

Youghal

Cork

2008

2012

16

Ballybofey/Stranorlar

Donegal

2007

2011

17

Ballyshannon

Donegal

2007

2009

18

Buncrana

Donegal

2007

2011

19

Bundoran

Donegal

2007

2012

20

Carndonagh

Donegal

2007

2012

21

Donegal Town

Donegal

2007

2010

22

Donabate/Portrane

Dublin

2007

2010

23

Lusk

Dublin

2007

2011

24

Skerries

Dublin

2007

2011

25

Athenry

Galway

2007

2012

26

Ballinasloe

Galway

2007

2011

27

Clifden

Galway

2007

2013

28

Gort

Galway

2007

2012

29

Loughrea

Galway

2007

2011

30

Killarney

Kerry

2008

2009

31

Castleisland

Kerry

2008

2010

32

Tralee

Kerry

2008

2009

33

Listowel

Kerry

2008

2010

34

Thomastown

Kilkenny

2008

2013

35

Abbeyfeale

Limerick

2008

2012

36

Newcastlewest

Limerick

2008

2012

37

Longford

Longford

2007

2009

38

Ardee

Louth

2007

2012

39

Ballinrobe

Mayo

2007

2012

40

Claremorris

Mayo

2008

2011

41

Knock

Mayo

2007

Not yet lit

42

Clonee/Dunboyne

Meath

2007

2009

43

Dunshaughlin

Meath

2007

2013

44

Kells

Meath

2007

2011

45

Navan

Meath

2007

2009

46

Trim

Meath

2007

2011

47

Castleblayney

Monaghan

2007

2010

48

Clones

Monaghan

2007

2012

49

Nenagh

North Tipperary

2008

2012

50

Roscrea

North Tipperary

2008

2012

51

Templemore

North Tipperary

2008

2011

52

Edenderry

Offaly

2009

2011

53

Banagher

Offaly

2008

Not yet lit

54

Birr

Offaly

2008

2011

55

Cahir

South Tipperary

2008

2012

56

Carrick-on-Suir

South Tipperary

2008

2012

57

Tipperary

Tipperary

2008

2013

58

Cashel

Tipperary

2008

2012

59

Blessington

Wicklow

2008

Not yet lit

60

Kilcoole/Newtownmountkennedy

Wicklow

2008

2012

Questions Nos. 10 and 11 answered orally.