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Gigabit Broadband speeds to be offered by eircom

The eircom Group has unveiled plans to provide 1 Gigabit broadband speeds in 66 Irish communities, boosting the fibre broadband network across the country.

End-to-end fibre connections via fibre to the home technology will boost broadband connectivity, with connections provided when demand occurs.

The superfast broadband speeds are significantly faster than other services from broadband providers, with a one gigabit connection capable of downloading a high definition film in less than one minute.

It is also beneficial for businesses as they will have bandwidth capacity to transfer data files at rapid rates – speeds that were previously only available to large businesses.

Construction phase to get underway in November

The first three locations to benefit from the eircom upgrades will be Cavan Town, Kilkenny City and Letterkenny Town, with construction getting underway in November.

Construction for each location is expected to take around six months, while the plans cover all five major cities, major regional centres and every country town in Ireland.

Richard Moat, acting CEO, eircom, said the plans demonstrated the flexibility and scalability of the networks that the firm is creating.

“Building on our existing network design, end to end fibre connectivity supporting speeds of one gigabit, is the natural next step in the evolution of our network capability,” he said.

“This announcement underlines eircom’s ambition for Ireland and our ambition as the country’s leading telecommunication provider to rollout new technologies that enable and encourage economic growth.”

Trials to test the broadband technology

The eircom Group has begun construction of a technical trial of fibre to the home technology to calculate the most cost-effective rollout for parts of rural Ireland.

The trial is set to launch in early 2015 and is taking place in Belcarra, Co Mayo, while eircom has already trialled and deployed fibre to the home technology in Wexford Town and Sandyford, Co Dublin.

Detailed plans for the new broadband connectivity have been outlined to the Regulator (ComReg) and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

Broadband providers will have open access to the fibre network alongside many enhanced products developed to provide increased speeds.

eircom is already running a fibre investment programme and has announced plans in August to reach 1.4 million premises by the end of 2015.

That planned footprint has now increased to 1.6 million homes and businesses, which eircom believes it will meet ahead of schedule – by the middle of 2016.

This latest announcement comes just a day after Vodafone and the ESB gained approval from the European Commission for a joint venture to provide ultra-fast fibre broadband to 50 towns around Ireland.

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