Enet and Fastcom connect ManorHUB in Leitrim with world class fibre connectivity to facilitate increased innovation for local companies

  • Manorhamilton based digital hub co-located with Merenda, a local family run manufacturing business
  • New state of the art video facility installed in ManorHUB will enable video conferencing and unified communications

Enet, Ireland’s largest open-access network operator, has announced it has delivered fibre connectivity to the Park Road Industrial Estate in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim where the ManorHUB technology co-working space is located, as well as long established manufacturing company, Merenda. Both ManorHUB and Merenda’s access to high-speed broadband is via Fastcom, one of Ireland’s largest independently owned telecoms providers.

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.

Ronan Haslette, CEO of ManorHUB, commented: “Like all businesses, the tenants within ManorHUB are adapting to new ways of working that have evolved over the past 12 months. 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 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 – something that is only possible as a result of the reliable, high-speed internet service provided by Fastcom. 

Lorraine Gribbons, Fastcom Managing Director, commented, “We are delighted to supply Fastcom’s dedicated fibre connectivity to both Merenda and ManorHUB, having done so since 2015. 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. We are confident that, by partnering together on this, the businesses are in a great position for continued future growth and development.”

“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.”

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.