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Cape Clear to get connected thanks to new digital hub

February 10th, 2020 3:02 PM

By Jackie Keogh

The finished product will feature hot desks and office space for people who require a reliable broadband service on the island.

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A DIGITAL hub on Cape Clear Island is nearing completion and will put an end to some of the islanders’ connectivity woes.

The project, which is being funded through Údarás na Gaeltachta, involves converting the rear unit at the island co-operative’s Enterprise Centre into a digital hub.

The finished product will feature hot desks and office space for people who require a reliable broadband service on the island.

Islander Séamus O Drisceoil confirmed there are a number of service providers on the island, but he said: ‘It can be very patchy at times, and, in some parts of the island, there is no service at all unless the homeowner has a satellite service.’ When the new digital hub is complete, Séamus said islanders will be able to use the spacious hub. He also believes it will prove popular with those who visit the island all year round because it will give them with ‘a guaranteed connection.’

‘I, for one, will be looking to seeing the back of an intermittent service, having had to abandon my office in the same building, last November, due to digital issues,’ he added.

‘I am very much looking forward to being able to use my office again because I have been entirely dependent on a Vodafone connection, which has been intermittent.’ This week The Southern Star asked Vodafone to comment on connectivity on Cape, but no response was forthcoming.

 
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