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eircom unveils digital vision for rural Ireland

National Broadband Plan gets Fibre to the Home solution to provide 1Gb broadband

eircom has launched a proposed solution for the National Broadband Plan that will deliver rural broadband speeds of 1,000Mb to Ireland.

The Fibre to the Home (FTTH) solution will use more than 90,000km of fibre optic cables to generate 1Gb broadband and was first showcased in the rural farming community of Belcare, Co Mayo.

The FTTH services will initially be launched in 19 locations this August before expanding to 66 areas as part of a national rollout.

Superfast rural broadband at 1,000Mbps will represent the fastest speeds available in Ireland at the time of launch and are comparable with some of the world’s best broadband networks.

Showcasing 1Gb broadband

The event in Belcare, Co Mayo, saw the Balla Livestock Mart live-linked with a community centre and primary school while people spoke on how the broadband speeds impacted their livelihood.

eircom’s FTTH solution will enable a number of communities to enjoy superfast rural broadband, providing the necessary tools to develop business operations.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Minister for Communications Alex White TD visited the Belcarra Community Centre and Manulla National School as part of the test.

They chatted to students and spoke to Mayo football star Donal Vaughn over Skype about the All Ireland Football Championship to show how eircom 1Gb broadband works.

Developing Ireland’s digital future

An Taoiseach Mr Kenny said the Government was keen to ensure that the economic recovery would reach all parts of Ireland and that providing superfast broadband speeds would help achieve this.

“This is part of building and maintaining rural communities for the future,” he explained.

Mr White added that the National Broadband Plan has created an “environment that is helping to stimulate commercial investment” and will boost equality and quality of life.

eircom Chief Executive Richard Moat described the roll-out as a “once off opportunity to build a future proofed high-speed broadband network”.

He added that eircom would invest hundreds of millions of euros in winning the National Broadband Plan tender if successful.

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