The rollout of the Midland Regional Broadband Infrastructure was part of the Governments €65 million programme to bring high speed Internet access to19 key towns. This project, grant aided by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources under its allocation from the National Development Plan 2000/2006, is cofunded by the EU under the European Regional Development fund for the broadband programme.

The Midland Region consists of Portlaoise, Tullamore, Roscommon, Mullingar and Athlone. The contract was split into two, contract A and B for the design stage of the Contract. Fingleton White were the design consultants for contract A which consisted of the towns of Portlaoise, Tullamore and Roscommon. We acted as Design Consultants including, detailed routing, SED design, CoLocation design, wayleave preparation, planning and statutory approvals, preparation of construction tender documents for 40km broadband optic fibre networks (96 fibre singlemode cable drawn in a 32mm subduct within a 4 x 100mm duct metro ring system)

The overall Broadband infrastructure consists of a high speed network of fibreoptic cables servicing all the main industrial estates, commercial buildings, offices, and shopping areas right across the three towns. It has been designed to cater for the many institutional bodies within the own such as the Midland Health Board, the
Hospitals, a number of schools, Enterprise Ireland and the I.D.A., in addition to private technology parks and industrial areas.

The network was designed to cater for as many service providers as possible which gives everyone in the region access to competitive high quality and world class services in the communications, electronic and mobile commerce sectors.