eir launches ultrafast 1000Mb fibre broadband
23,000 homes and businesses in 13 counties can now avail of Ireland’s fastest broadband
eircom has rebranded to eir and launched Ireland’s fastest broadband, eir Fibre Extreme, which offers speeds of up to 1000Mb.
The service has initially been rolled out to 15 towns - Belcarra, Carrigaline, Castlebar, Cavan, Douglas, Drogheda, Ennis, Greystones, Kilkenny, Letterkenny, Naas, Sandyford, Sligo, Tralee and Wexford.
This broadband speed is underpinned by ‘end to end’ fibre connections through the use of fibre to the home (FTTH) technology. eir is investing €400 million in fibre over the next five years.
In June 2015, eir announced plans to significantly expand access to high speed fibre broadband in rural Ireland by using FTTH technology to increase its fibre footprint from 1.6 million homes and businesses to 1.9 million premises throughout the country. The additional 300,000 homes and businesses are spread across all 26 counties.
Ultrafast unlimited broadband speeds
In a sample of 2,500 broadband speed test results during 1st August 2014 to 31st August 2015 using Switcher’s free speed testing tool, figures reveal that the average download speed in the 15 initial roll out locations is 23Mb and the average upload speed is 7Mb.
With a 1000Mb broadband connection, consumers can download a HD movie in 7 seconds.
In total, 66 communities will benefit from FTTH technology by 2017. The planned footprint includes areas of all five major cities, major regional centres and every county town in Ireland.
Packages and pricing
New customers can sign up to a variety of plans including standalone broadband, broadband bundles and quad play. Speeds range from up to 100Mb to 1000Mb.
Existing customers can avail of a free connection worth €100.
eir Base (Broadband and TV)
The eir Base Mobile package includes up to 100Mb unlimited broadband and unlimited calls to Irish landlines and mobiles. Other features include:
- Free superior Wi-Fi modem
- Free connection
- Free delivery
- Free parental controls
This package costs €25 per month for the first four months and €62 thereafter, bringing the first year cost to €596.
eir Play (Broadband, home phone and TV)
For those interested in bundling their broadband, phone and TV together, eir is offering the eir Play Small package. This includes up to 100Mb unlimited broadband and unlimited calls to all Irish landlines and mobiles. Other features include:
- Free superior Wi-Fi modem and connection
- Free eir Vision + box and installation
- 55 TV channels including UTV Ireland, Disney and Discovery
- eir Vision On Demand film service
This package costs €25 per month for the first four months and €77 thereafter, bringing the first year cost to €716.
eir Power (Broadband, home phone, mobile phone and TV)
Customers also have the option of bundling broadband, home phone, TV and mobile phone together in eir’s quad play offer eir Power Medium. eir is the only quad play provider in Ireland at present.
As well as up to 100Mb unlimited broadband and unlimited calls to all Irish landlines and mobiles, this package includes:
- 55 TV channels
- eir Movies
- 100 minutes and unlimited texts and calls for mobile
- Unlimited eir to eir calls
- 4G capabilities with 1GB of data
This package costs €25 per month for the first four months and €92 thereafter, bringing the first year cost to €896.
Closing the digital divide
There is no doubt that eir’s rebrand and new status as Ireland’s fastest broadband provider will add more competition in the marketplace, which can only be a good thing for consumers all over Ireland.
Richard Moat, CEO of eir, said: “Launching Ireland’s fastest broadband underlines our continued ambition for Ireland and commitment to strategic investment. No other operator in Ireland is investing as extensively in fibre broadband. This has real economic benefit for consumers and businesses that need to access very high speed broadband at competitive prices.
“With 1000Mb per second broadband, we are making a bold statement about our ambition - not just in the sector but as one of Ireland’s largest companies that has touch points in every community.”
The eir network enables Irish lives, businesses and communities, connecting everyone and everything.
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White said: “Working together, Government and industry will ensure that no part of Ireland is excluded from the digital revolution. I have set out a vision – in the Government’s National Broadband Plan – which will ensure that every home, school and business the country has access to high speed broadband by 2020.
“In 2011, just 300,000 homes in Ireland had access to high speed broadband. Today, through the National Broadband Plan and other initiatives, a combination of State and commercial activity has increased that number to 1.3 million. eir is responsible for bringing connectivity to very many of those households and businesses – and its investment plans are set to increase that figure even more.”