Thursday, May 6, 2010

At last the west awakes to broadband

FOR SEÁN O’Flannagáin broadband access is more than simply a luxury. The former investment banker left Merrill Lynch earlier this year to set up a small investment management firm, Kinsale Capital Management. Based between Dublin and Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands off the west coast, O’Flannagáin depends on high-speed internet access to successfully run his business.

“When we decided to set up the business, we knew that dependable, high-speed broadband was imperative,” he says. “It wasn’t just a matter of having access to e-mail and the internet, we’re increasingly using cloud computing so we need to access data remotely.” Much of the firm’s work involves the use of web-enabled applications. Because it works with global banks, it needs to have secure and speedy access to finance programs.

The arrival of wireless broadband to the remote islands in November last year allowed O’Flannagáin to base his business in Inisheer.

He eventually hopes to work full-time from the area. Read More

Courtesy: Irish Times

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