enet-SSE to rollout high-speed broadband to 115,000 premises in North-West Ireland
Towns that will benefit from the rollout include Ballinasloe, Roscommon and Manorhamilton.
Yesterday, it was announced that enet and SSE are to rollout high-speed fibre broadband - with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps - to 115,000 homes and businesses in the north-west of the country by 2019.
In the coming months, enet-SSE will begin the fibre-to-the-premises rollout in Ballinasloe and continue on to Roscommon Town, Manorhamilton, Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Donegal Town, Ballybofey, Stranorlar, and Buncrana.
The network roll-out will support around 700 contractor jobs at peak delivery, with an overall investment of more than €100m.
Good news for North-West Ireland
The news will certainly be welcomed by residents and businesses in the relevant towns.
A reliable, fast broadband connection is a necessity these days, but recent research from Switcher.ie showed less than half of Irish consumers are happy with the speeds they have at home.
There’s always been a rural/urban divide when it comes to speeds available, so it’s great to see enet-SSE looking to address this gap with their rollout.
In more good news for consumers and businesses, this will be a wholesale, open-access fibre network. This means it will be available to Ireland’s retail broadband providers, which should give consumers choice and keep prices competitive.
A significant boost for businesses and families
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, has described as the rollout as a ‘milestone’ and thanked enet and SSE for their commitment and investment.
He said: “Today’s announcement is a significant boost for businesses and families in Ballinasloe and Roscommon Town and across the North-West of the country.”
Speaking more generally about broadband access across the country, he added: “I am determined, as Communications Minister, that every premises in Ireland can access high-speed broadband as quickly as possible through a combination of commercial and State-led investment.”