eircom’s eFibre network available to one million premises
Superfast fibre broadband now available across almost half of Ireland
The roll-out of Ireland’s largest fibre power network is continuing at pace, with eircom’s eFibre service now available in more than one million premises including many parts of rural Ireland.
It means close to 50% of the country can now access superfast fibre broadband and its speeds of up to 100Mb per second.
An event in Cahersiveen marked the location where the one millionth premises was passed – a B&B in the town named San Antoine.
Alex White, T.D., Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, attended alongside eircom’s Chairman Padraig McManus, eircom group CEO Herb Hribar and Carolan Lennon, managing director of eircom Wholesale.
Several other local representatives, businesses and residents were also in attendance, as well as owner of the B&B, Alan Landers.
“It is wonderful to be the millionth premises passed by superfast fibre broadband and it will make a huge difference to my family’s life and my business at the B&B,” said Mr Landers.
He added that having eFibre would enable his customers to have access to the services they want, helping to boost his business in the process.
eircom is currently developing the eFibre network in Ireland at a faster pace than in Germany, the UK or the United States.
eircom customers in 25,000 premises across Co. Kerry can enjoy the benefits of the fibre power network, including those in Killarney, Ballyspillane, Muckross, Tralee, Castleisland and Killorglin.
Plans are in place to roll out the service to 1.6 million premises by the end of 2016, so that superfast fibre broadband will be available in every town with a population of 900 or more by the time of completion.
eircom is investing €1.5bn into Ireland’s infrastructure, of which €400m is for fibre broadband rollout while the open access network is available to many operators.
“Reaching one million homes and businesses is an important milestone - not just for eircom, but the entire country,” said Mr Hribar.
He said access to high speed broadband across Ireland is “crucial” and described the network as “future-proofed with the capability to meet the ever growing demands for data from customers”.
Below is an infographic demonstrating the eircom eFibre rollout.