A Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) is a network that consists of telecoms ducting and fibre optic cable. It is laid in a ring formation in a metropolitan area. The network connects to "co-location centres".
In these co-location centres, licenced telecoms operators can locate their telecommunications equipment and link to commercial premises and public buildings. The MAN can be used to provide a variety services. These include telecoms, Internet access, television and closed circuit television (CCTV) to businesses and citizens in these areas.
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- Are publicly owned;
- Allow wholesale and open access to all licenced telecommunication operators; and
- Are fibre-based, technology neutral resilient networks.
The MANs were funded under the National Development Plan and through the European Regional Development Fund. There were 2 Phases to the building of MANs -
- 28 MANs were completed under Phase 1
- 60 MANs were completed under Phase 2
MANs are independently managed, maintained and operated for the State by a Management Services Entity (MSE). enet were awarded a 15-year services contract in June 2004. In July 2009, they were awarded a 15-year services contract to operate and manage the Phase 2 MANs. For further information on how the MANs operate you can visit http://www.enet.ie.