Minister Rabbitte announces Exemplar Network Phase 2

Dublin, 24th May 2011

Industry Forum to advance the Exemplar Smart Communications Network to be set up within 4 weeks.

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte T.D. today announced his intention to progress the establishment of the next phase of the Exemplar Smart Communications programme, the Exemplar Test and Trial Network.


Minister Rabbitte made the announcement when opening a major international Telecoms Conference TM Forum Management World at the National Convention Centre in Dublin. He stated: “The Exemplar Network will give Ireland a true competitive advantage in the key area of Information and Communications Technology. It will raise the reputation of Ireland as a leader in technological innovation, act as a magnet for foreign direct investment and serve as an incubator for indigenous job creation. We will now bring together ICT companies who wish to be involved in and are willing to invest in the development of a Test and Trial Network.”


The Minister has asked the ESB, through its Telecoms subsidiary to assist in the establishment of the Forum and to support the implementation of the Trial Network. The purpose of the Test and Trial Network will be to install the Exemplar technology on fibre in a live environment, so that companies can test new products and services with real customers and users.

The Test and Trial Network is phase II of the Government’s Exemplar project. It follows the establishment of a test-bed site, in phase I of this project, where companies could test products in a laboratory type environment. The first phase of the Exemplar programme, the Exemplar Test-bed, which is 100% owned by the State, was opened in July 2010 and provides a laboratory environment, open to companies and researchers to develop, test and demonstrate products and services of the future. Current industry partners using the Exemplar Test-bed include British Telecom, Ericsson, Openet, Amartus, HEAnet, Cybercom, Imagine, ESB Telecom, Sensecom and Digiweb.

The Exemplar Smart Communications programme is based on an advanced optical communications technology. It exploits the innovative and disruptive Optical Packet Switching and Transport (OPST) technology developed by Irish company Intune Networks. This technology has the capacity to revolutionise the transmission of data across fibre networks by allowing data to be transferred more efficiently across these networks. The technology, if successful will put Ireland firmly on the technology map worldwide, in terms of next generation communications networks.


The ESB is a commercial semi-state energy company which operates under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Through their subsidiary company ESB Telecoms Ltd ESB has optimised the use of electricity assets to establish themselves as a vital participant in the wholesale telecoms market in Ireland.


Companies interested in investing in the Exemplar Test and Trial Network should contact the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources at