Pic l-r: Tony Meleady, Network Sales Manager, EMR Integrated Solutions and Ronan Kelly, CTO EMEA & APAC with ADTRAN

Low-cost, rapid deployment of wireless Gigabit connectivity for telecoms operators now a commercial reality

  • Industry partnership between EMR and ADTRAN targets telecoms service providers and ISPs in UK and Ireland
  • Assists them in wirelessly and cost-effectively extending their ‘last mile’ network connectivity
  • Leverages existing carrier infrastructure, boosts investment return and realises ‘fibre-to-the-home’ and ‘fibre-to-the-premise’ connectivity options
  • Recognises consumer shift towards demand for streaming ‘Everything as a Service’, be that game streaming, UHD Video, monitored home security, or business cloud services

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, Wednesday 16th October 2019:  Utility network and wireless telecoms supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced a commercial partnership with next-generation open networking provider, ADTRAN.  The alliance will help telecoms providers and ISPs across the UK and Ireland to wirelessly extend the speed and reach of their fibre networks and boost broadband availability for businesses and homes.

Under the terms of the deal, EMR will design, deploy and support ADTRAN’s range of ‘last mile’ wireless connectivity solutions, allowing telecoms service providers to use their existing fibre infrastructure to target under-served towns, villages or suburbs offering consumers symmetric speeds of up to 1Gbps.

The partnership recognises EMR’s long track record in delivering high-speed, wireless, small cell connectivity and service excellence in network management.

Commenting on the deal, Mark Quinn, managing director with EMR said:

“Our partnership with ADTRAN allows carriers and ISPs to grow their subscriber base and boost profitability, without having to grapple with the commercial limitations of fixed/fibre networks.  We leverage existing infrastructure to deliver multigigabit capacity coupled with ultra-fast deployment, thanks to ADTRAN’s self-healing and self- optimising architecture, which yields higher levels of service agility and operational simplicity for operators across the British Isles.”

The ADTRAN Metnet solution has the mesh bandwidth capacity needed by telecom operators to deliver fibre extension coverage, 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) and small cell backhaul.

The deal comes on the back of a forecasted explosion in high-bandwidth home entertainment services.  Market research* suggests that up to 50 per cent of European homes will have a 4K or 8K HD TV by 2020 while video and game streaming data rates are tracking to exceed 100 Mb/s per device.

“Society is rapidly transitioning from traditional consumerism, where the need to own everything that we engage with, is in decline,” said Ronan Kelly CTO EMEA & APAC with ADTRAN.

“The primary means for media distribution is now in the form of ‘As a Service’, where market dominance firmly resides with the web scale streaming companies, like Spotify and Netflix. We are about to witness the demands that streaming places on our networks explode, with the transition of the gaming industry over to the streaming distribution model, as Google Stadia, MS X-Cloud, Geforce and EA Games Atlas Cloud all launch in quick succession.

“Traditional broadband access technologies will not be able to cope with these new traffic types. We are genuinely entering the era of the Gigabit Society, where new approaches are needed for service delivery. When time to market and cost per home connected matter, ADTRAN Metnet leads the charge.”

EMR has experienced strong business growth in recent times fuelled by its deployment of utility and wireless network solutions and its expansion to the UK market.


Pic l-r: Tony Meleady, Network Sales Manager, EMR Integrated Solutions and Ronan Kelly, CTO EMEA & APAC with ADTRAN

EMR deploy WIFI network in Eastpoint Business Park

UPC chooses EMR to deploy Ireland’s first, free outdoor WiFi network in a business park

Leading communications, wireless and SCADA network supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced that it was chosen by UPC to deploy Ireland’s first, free outdoor Wi-Fi network at EastPoint Business Park in Dublin.

EMR worked closely with the UPC Business team to introduce the Wi-Fi to 23 access points across EastPoint Business Park.  The solution designed was provided by EMR and delivered over UPC’s high speed fibre connectivity. It provides free public Wi-Fi access covering an area of almost 40 acres, which is home to 50 companies and over 6,000 employees on Dublin’s northside.

Commenting on the choice of EMR as deployment partner, Gavan Smyth, VP of business services with UPC said:

“We have been working with EMR since 2009, delivering licensed microwave connections to the public sector and there’s good synergy there.  Deploying an outdoor network can be challenging, especially when you’re doing it across 40 acres.

“EMR have strong Wi-Fi expertise and they partner with best-in-class suppliers such as Ericsson.  The project has been very successful and EastPoint management are extremely happy,” he said.

Building an outdoor wireless network is much more complex than an internal one and the EMR team faced a number of challenges along the way.  Chief among them was extending network reach to areas such as a 150M stretch of road at the back entrance of the park where there was no fibre present.

“Our long track record in radio really helped us to overcome this practical problem,” according to chief operations officer with EMR, Derek Glynn.  “We were able to re-configure some of the access points’ in-built back haul radio links to extend the reach of the fibre and ensure continuous connectivity for users.”

The network design consists of one controller to manage the network and 23 access points scattered at strategic locations throughout the campus.   Ericsson access points were chosen due to their reliability and in-built radio back haul capability.  They were installed at locations where power and fibre were present including bus shelters and street lamps.

The free, public Wi-Fi network has proved a hit with employees and people from the local community who come along to the weekly Farmer’s Market at EastPoint.

“On a sunny day, EastPoint management put out bean bags on the grass,” said Smyth.  “So you’ll get people going to the market, buying their food and tweeting about it from bean bags on the grass.  We’ve had a look at the stats and it’s interesting to see a huge uplift in Wi-Fi traffic on sunny days.”

Based in Dunboyne, Co Meath, EMR Integrated Solutions has a long track record in communications, SCADA and instrumentation solutions and successfully serves markets as diverse as retail, hospitality, utility, telecoms and public safety.

EMR Integrated Solutions today announced it has been awarded a framework contract from O2 Telefónica Ireland for in-building wireless solutions

O2 awards in-building Wi-Fi framework contract to EMR

Leading communications and SCADA network supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced it has been awarded a framework contract from O2 Telefónica Ireland for in-building wireless solutions for a specific business sector within the company.

This project will result in numerous installations country wide with a service level agreement associated with each deployment.

The contract is expected to run for 3 years.

EMR Integrated Solutions today announced it has completed the design and installation of a wide area, wireless communications network for the Law Library.

Law Library chooses EMR to deploy mission-critical microwave communications network

Leading communications and network services provider, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced it has completed the design and installation of a wide area, wireless communications network for the Law Library.  The network includes three high speed microwave links with two of the links running at 155Mbits and the third offering 1Gbit capacity.

The network allows all users of the law library to access the custom-designed information portal which provides access to over 130,000 items, using Web 2.0 technologies.

The Gigabit radio link operates in the 70GHz to 80GHz licensed band and is specifically designed to operate at very high speeds over short distances. The 155Mbits links operate in the traditional 6-38 GHz licensed bands. All the radios links supplied are licensed radios units approved for use by the Irish Communications Regulator (ComReg).

Commenting on the new network, Michael Lynch of the Law Library said:

“EMR have demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of the detailed requirements of our unique application. The installed solution allows our members to operate very efficiently, they have high praise for the system speed and increase reliability. As IT mangers we can monitor the performance of the network on a real time basis which means we can proactively attend to issues as they occur. EMR deserve high praise indeed for delivering exactly what we wanted on time and to budget.”

The Law Library provides a library and information service to the members of the Law Library. It is the central physical point of access to a modern, court-going library service. The collection of resources comprises legal textbooks, journals, legislation and case law. The service also manages access to a variety of commercial and in-house electronic databases.