eircom expands fibre broadband investment to over 1000 communities

An additional 300,000 rural homes and businesses in more than 1,000 communities to get broadband speeds of up to 1Gbs

Eleanor Rosney
by Eleanor Rosney on 4th June, 2015

eircom announced today that it plans to expand its fibre network to a further 300,000 homes and businesses in rural Ireland.

The additional 300,000 homes and businesses are spread across 1,070 communities in all 26 counties, and include 300 communities not currently served with high speed broadband.

Speeds of up to 1Gbs will be available through the use of ‘end to end’ fibre to the home technology.

This expanded footprint will see eircom invest €400 million over the next five years.

The homes and businesses to be served by this investment are largely ribbon style developments across rural Ireland in communities such as Fybagh, Co Kerry, Blacksod, Co Mayo, Goleen, Co Cork, Maam, Co Galway, and Ring, Co Waterford.

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Currently, 1.2 million homes and businesses have access to high speed broadband on eircom’s network and the company remains on track to reach 70% of the country by the end of 2016.

By 2020, that will rise to 80% of the country, and 35% of all homes and businesses will have access to broadband speeds of up to 1Gbs.

The development will also reduce costs of the Government’s National Broadband Plan which intends to connect 700,000 premises in rural areas to high speed broadband by 2020.

CEO of eircom, Richard Moat, said: “Today’s announcement underlines our continued ambition for Ireland and commitment to strategic investment by our shareholders, board and management. No other operator in Ireland is investing as extensively in fibre broadband. This is a critical development as we build a future proofed network using a best in class technology to deliver the highest broadband speeds to many rural communities right across Ireland.”

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