At eir, we are committed to building Ireland’s largest high-speed fibre broadband network. In March 2013 eir committed to investing €400 million in the roll out of our national fibre network, connecting approximately 1.6 million homes and businesses in 26 countries to high speed fibre broadband by 2016.
In June 2015, eir extended their rollout commitment to include an additional 300,000 homes and businesses, which means by end of 2020 1.9 million homes and business across Ireland will have access to a high speed broadband network.
We are currently deploying two types of broadband technology, Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) delivering speeds up to 100Mb/s and Fibre to the Home (FTTH) delivering speeds up to 1Gb/s.
eir’s fibre rollout programme is currently ahead of schedule and today over 1,300,000 homes and businesses have the ability to avail of our high speed broadband services.
Our network is an open access network, which means that all operators are welcome to use it, giving homes and businesses a choice of who their service provider should be, this promotes competition and value for each and every one of you.
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open eir is committed to deploying a high speed fibre broadband network that all service providers can connect to – this means you can choose the service provider that best suits your needs. For your convenience we have listed all of the service providers who presently connect to our open access high speed fibre network.
So what is fibre broadband?
Fibre broadband is a new type of broadband which uses fibre optic cables to help increase the speed of your broadband connections. It is also referred to as ‘high-speed broadband’ or ‘next generation broadband’. With high connection speeds, it will offer greatly improved digital service for all.
Our fibre network is good for consumers, good for businesses and good for Ireland.
Presently we are deploying two types of fibre technology.
Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC)
FTTC broadband means that most of the ‘local loop’ (the phone line from your premises to the telephone exchange) is using fibre optic cable, with the last few metres being copper. This means you get faster speeds as the short copper line can run VDSL rather than ADSL technology.
eir is one of the first telecommunications companies in the world to deploy VDSL2 Vectoring technology in its Next Generation Fibre Access network, boosting the broadband speeds up to 100 Megabits per second (Mb/s) for more than 900,000 homes and business across Ireland.
Vectoring on VDSL2 technology is cutting edge development that uses noise cancelling technology to boost broadband speeds to home and businesses. This process strengthens the broadband signal and gives homes and business broadband customers faster speeds.
Fibre to the Home (FTTH)
FTTH supplies the connection directly into your home and business, which is why it boasts greater speeds. The fibre-optic cables run all the way into the premises and provide much faster speeds, up to 1Gb/s. In October 2014 we announced plans to extend our Fibre to the Home deployment to 66 towns in Ireland.