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eircom and Huawei deliver super-fast Fibre to the home broadband

€10 million deal promises Ireland’s quickest broadband speeds within five months

Ireland’s biggest telecoms provider eircom will work with equipment provider Huawei to deliver the first phase of its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) super-fast broadband rollout.

The multi-phase project will occur throughout Ireland with the initial contract valued at €10 million.

Network construction has already started in 16 communities with eircom customers in these locations able to access FTTH services with broadband speeds of 1Gb/s by the end of August.

The rollout will then expand further to be available in 66 communities by 2017.

Huawei provide required equipment

Huawei will provide the latest optical line terminals and optical network terminals as part of the deal; a key component required for 1Gb/s broadband speeds.

The company was also the equipment supplier for the Fibre to the Cabinet technology rollout which occurred in 2012 and which underpins eircom’s network which currently provides broadband speeds up to 100Mbps to 1.1 million Irish homes and businesses.

When the new service launches in the summer it will promise super-fast broadband speeds with the potential for this to increase further as demand is created.

An important milestone

Johnny Shine, Group Managing Director of eircom Networks, described the latest deal as “another important milestone in the journey to bring high speed broadband to Ireland”.

He added that customer demand for data was growing and that FTTH services would enable eircom to meet and exceed these needs while offering “world class broadband speeds”.

1GB internet connections will mean customers can download a film in high definition in less than one minute while large data files and applications can be shared at speeds previously only seen in large enterprises.

Work has already commenced in the first locations of the rollout – Cavan, Kilkenny, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo and Wexford – while later locations include Ennis (Co. Clare), Douglas (Co. Cork), Ballbriggan and Sandyford (Co. Dublin), Castlebar and Belcarra (Co. Mayo) and Naas (Co. Wicklow).

Vodafone will compete with eircom through the launch of their own FTTH network service to 50 rural based towns in partnership with ESB this autumn.

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