enet SSE logo for joint high speed broadband venture in Ireland

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.

Infographic on towns to be covered by enet SSE joint venture on high speed broadband in Ireland

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.”

You can see what broadband plans are available in your area using Switcher.ie’s broadband comparison tool and find out more about the enet-SSE rollout on the dedicated website.