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Rural Roscommon being connected to Imagines Superfast Broadband

Superfast Broadband is now a reality for homes and businesses in County   Roscommon thanks to Imagine.


Roscommon is starting to see the benefits of the €300M investment Imagine is making in Superfast Broadband to cover over 1 million homes and businesses across Ireland within the next 18 months.


While communities in the likes of, Elphin , Tulsk and Athleague, and the areas in between are already benefiting from Imagines new network build, a number of other areas have also been added, giving some 3000 plus properties in the county access to superfast broadband.


Extensive coverage works have now taken place to the south of the county with the area’s from Woodmount to Cloonburren and Cloonark to Old Town now also in coverage for Superfast broadband.


The current wave of Imagine investment is also covering  large parts of the rural areas in the county with the towns of, Ballinlough, Knockcroghery and Drinaun and the rural areas between them now in coverage.


§  Imagines priority is to quickly extend the coverage of its broadband service to homes and businesses that have little to no broadband.




§  Homes and businesses can check if they are in coverage on www.imagine.ie. If they aren’t in coverage today, registrations automatically get added to Imagines priority connection list.






Imagine Director Brian O’Donohoe said: “Imagine are absolutely delighted to announce this significant broadband investment for County Roscommon meaning thousands of homes and businesses across County Roscommon can now connect to superfast broadband.




He continues, “As part of our national roll out and to solve the problem, Imagine are 100% committed to providing, as fast as we can, superfast broadband to homes and businesses that have little to no broadband across regional and rural Ireland.




Note 1


Imagines Broadband Product offering to consumers.


§  Up to 150Mb Unlimited Home Broadband + Phone (Inc. All local, national and UK landline calls and 60 mins calls to Irish mobiles) Price €59.99 month Inc. Vat


§  Basic Business Product – Small Office/Home Office includes -


Ø  Unlimited Broadband + Phone and Calls (inc. All local, national and UK landline calls are 60 mins calls to Irish mobiles). Price €48.77 month ex. Vat


Note 2


About 5G Fixed Broadband


The latest generation of 4G Fixed broadband is capable of delivering 300Mbps services which far exceeds current user demand and has become an established alternative high-speed broadband solution. It faced the challenge of traditional fixed line companies marketing FTTH as the only solution that could meet future demand for high-speed broadband. Having failed to deliver, the arrival of the next generation of ‘Massive’ capacity 5G technology, capable of speeds well above 1Gbps and expected to exceed 10Gbps has changed all of that. 5G Fixed Broadband has become a game changer in the industry and significant challenger to traditional fixed line telecoms companies.


Avoiding the significant cost and time to bring cables across poles and through underground ducts to homes, 5G technology allows providers to deploy high-speed broadband to large numbers of consumers in a short timeframe. 5G itself allows for extremely rapid download (up to 100 times faster than 4G) and upload speeds and decreased latency (i.e. the time it takes for devices to communicate with each other).


5G Fixed Broadband has now become a mainstream alternative to FTTH to deliver future-proofed Next Generation high-speed broadband to homes and businesses. With major telecoms companies around the world, including Google Fibre, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint in the US already rolling out 5G Fixed Broadband as an alternative to FTTH and a quicker way to deliver high-speed broadband.


Developed to provide the massive capacity needed to support the next generation of 5G mobile services including the internet of things, driverless cars, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, 5G Fixed Broadband is currently the primary business model and driver of commercial 5G infrastructure investment across the world.


With the early release of 5G spectrum, Ireland will be one of the first countries in Europe to see the benefit from further innovative 5G services. The first 5G commercial launch of Imagines 5G Fixed Broadband Network will immediately deliver the benefit of high-speed broadband to homes and businesses.




Note 3


Despite announcements of investments of over €1.2 Billion over the last 5 years and the promise of the rollout of Fibre to the Home, by the end of the 3rd quarter of last year only 75k customers (Comreg data) have been actually connected. This is not a problem that is unique to Ireland, the reality is that rolling out fibre to every home, is a lot more expensive and takes a lot more time than people expected and will take years to deliver even in urban areas, let alone rural areas.


Note 4


Fixed wireless globally:


In Australia the government subsidised National Broadband Company NBB Co is already deploying Fixed Wireless as an alternative to previously planned FTTH deployments and currently conducting trials for 1Gbps services.


In Asia, fixed and mobile operator Softbank (Japan) provide a 261Mb high-speed broadband service using LTE Advanced as an alternative to FTTH in Tokyo, while in the US, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint have already commenced 5G Fixed Broadband deployments.








About Imagine Communications


Headquartered in Sandyford in Dublin, since 1993, Imagine Communications Group and its associated businesses has been an innovator and strategic investor in the Irish and European fixed, wireless and mobile telecoms markets. Imagine is an industry recognised innovator in the use of LTE and 5G Fixed Broadband as an alternative to FTTx. Through its international network the Group provides wholesale services to telecom operators and service providers.


For more information go to www.imagine.ie


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Connacht champions return home!



Roscommon footballers given hero's welcome



The Roscommon senior football team and management were given a hero's welcome back to Roscommon town last Sunday night following their 1-13 to 0-12 win over Galway in the Connacht Senior Football Final in Salthill.

  There were no speeches at the informal homecoming; all the talking had been done on the pitch. At just after 10.30 pm on Sunday night, the Connacht champions arrived back in Roscommon town in that distinctive Club Rossie bus. Hundreds of fans had gathered; mobile phones were held high to capture the scenes for posterity, or at least for now, the fans cheering and applauding as the beaming players emerged with the cup. And what gentlemen they are! They met the fans with humility and shared joy, posing for selfies, chatting, engaging, operating on adrenaline, the gleaming Nestor Cup the symbol of the great journey they’ve been on, the symbol of what they’ve achieved. Heroes.


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Local youth work service to continue


Local politicians say that Minister Katherine Zappone has confirmed that the youth work service provided by Youth Work Ireland in County Roscommon and East Galway will continue uninterrupted over the summer months.

  There were concerns raised following the award of a new contract for youth work services in the Galway/Roscommon catchment that no service would be provided over the next four months, but clarity has now been provided through Galway Roscommon Education & Training Board (GRETB) to Minister Zappone that this service will continue uninterrupted.

  Deputy Denis Naughten: “This is the second time in recent years that there have been changes to the delivery of youth services in the area and I have pointed out to both Minister Zappone and the Chief Executive of GRETB, Mr. David Leahy, that such chopping and changing is undermining the valuable service needed in East Galway and Roscommon.

  “I have, as a result, requested that the Education & Training Board engage with the youth service providers to ensure that they have regard of the need for a continuity of the staff working with young people in the area” concluded Denis Naughten.

  Deputy Eugene Murphy said that he had raised this matter in the Dáil last week with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. He was now pleased that there is no threat to the service, commenting: “Well done to all the young people who protested against this. I was glad to join with the many young people to highlight this issue in the Dáil”.

  Deputy Murphy said that GRETB has confirmed that it will continue to fund youth services in County Roscommon until the end of September 2019. The funding, which amounts to just over €57,000 for July, August and September, will be drawn down from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) in order to ensure continuity of service.



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Showcasing Roscommon!






Roscommon County Tourism brand, website and brochure, showcasing the county to the tourist


Roscommon County Council, through the Tourism Department, have launched a new Roscommon County Tourism brand, website and brochure, showcasing the county to the tourist and making Roscommon a tourism destination for all to consider.

  Working with Design West, the new brand for Roscommon Tourism was designed to represent the various elements of tourism within the county. The Celtic weave symbol refers to Roscommon’s rich heritage of great tribes, wealthy chieftains and dynastic families. It also represents a water element which is surrounding the county, and fish jumping throughout our amazing waterways.

  The centre feature acts as a portal to the memories of Roscommon – to the trials and epic landscapes of the county; the historical sites you will encounter; and the experiences, communities and welcoming warm nature of our people.

  The new website visitroscommon.ie was designed by JDK Design, around the concept of the new tourism brand. It introduces the visitor to the four themed experiences to discover in Roscommon – Heritage, Water, Trails and Activities.

  The website details the various activities, attractions, accommodation and eateries which Roscommon has to offer the visitor; provides you with details on planning your trip; how to get here by bus, road or rail; and gives you up to date information on the latest events which will be taking place in the county.

  The new brochure details the offering of the website and also provides the visitor with a detailed map of all tourism activities available throughout the county.

  Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice, told the gathering that: “Through working together ¬ – from community, to tourism provider, to Roscommon County Council, to Failte Ireland ¬– we can build a quality product which is appealing, accessible and memorable”.

  Mr. Eugene Cummins, Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council, in launching the new brand, website and brochure, said that this development would “enable growth in the tourism sector throughout the county for the coming years”.

  He stated that “Roscommon County Council recognise that tourism is an important economic driver in Co. Roscommon, particularly from a rural tourism perspective; and has a compelling role to play in safeguarding and growing jobs in the local economy.

  “Through the development of an easily identifiable brand and a modern easily navigated website, Roscommon county becomes a recognisable Tourism location for the tourist from both home and abroad”.

* For more information, check out visitroscommon.ie or pick up a copy of Explore Roscommon in your nearest information point.




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