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eir Announces “Fibre to the Home” (FTTH) Broadband Competition Winner

eir Announces “Fibre to the Home” (FTTH) Broadband Competition Winner

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Christmas is coming early for Munterconnaught, County Cavan as they are named lucky recipients of eir’s 1 Gigabit Fibre Competition valued at €250,000

Munterconnaught, Co Cavan as the community set to receive “Fibre to the Home” connectivity. Commenting on winning the competition, local resident Peadar Gill said: “It’s the communications equivalent of the M3 motorway – a technological advance that will improve the lives of everyone in the parish”. Brendan O’ Brien also from Munterconnaught said: “I work from home – having high-speed broadband will expand my scope enormously and allow me to take on new clients. It’s fantastic – I’m really looking forward to it”.

The competition, which was launched in June, invited communities across Ireland to outline how being ‘FibrePowered’ would positively impact their lives, their businesses and their homes. The competition was open to communities with no access to high speed broadband, awaiting the deployment of the National Broadband Plan.

In total 36 communities from across Ireland entered the competition, submitting creative and compelling entries that clearly demonstrated the benefits of “Fibre to the Home” technology. This ‘end to end’ technology will reach directly into homes and businesses and offer speeds of up to 1,000Mbps (1 Gigabit).

The competition follows our successful Fibre to the Home (FTTH) trial site in Belcarra, County Mayo, which has seen business and residents of this rural community enjoy the enormous economic, educational and social benefits of having access to broadband speeds of up to 1Gb/s. eir was the first company to introduce speeds of 1,000Mbps (1 Gigabit) speeds, Belcarra continues to thrive as a result of the ultra-fast broadband.

Commenting on the competition announcement at Knocktemple National School in Virginia, County Cavan, today, Richard Moat, CEO, eir, said: “I would like to begin by congratulating Munterconnaught for winning the eir FibrePower competition. They had stiff competition but are worthy winners.

“We were overwhelmed with the quality of all the entries, and the creativity shown, and choosing just one winner was extremely difficult but Munterconnaught, Co. Cavan clearly communicated that high speed broadband is the key to a successful future.  Their detailed entry included a residential survey highlighting how 91% of the community is open to using high speed broadband, giving 63% the option to work from home. Twenty case studies outlined the social; educational; medical and business challenges faced without high speed broadband.

“It was great to see the scale of engagement across the community with the local GAA club; Heritage Society; Foróige; Knocktemple National School; Parents’ Association all contributing to the successful entry. We are confident that Munterconnaught will enjoy the same benefits that Belcarra does and we are looking forward to joining them on their high speed broadband journey.”

Supporting the competition and acting as judges were the Small Firms Association (SFA) AJ Noonan , online digital publication Silicon Republic Co Founder Ann O Dea, the Irish Farming Association (IFA)Deputy President Tim O Leary and the Farmers Journal editor Mairead Lavery, all of whom welcomed the initiative and see how the benefits can transform a community.

We are currently rolling out a high-speed fibre broadband network to 1.9 million premises across the country. However, there are some areas where it’s not possible for us to provide high speed fibre broadband on a commercial basis. The Government has committed to ensuring all homes and businesses have access to high speed broadband services under the National Broadband Plan. In preparation for that initiative open eir has identified and is now trialling a new technology called Fibre To The Home (FTTH) as an optimum solution for rural areas not currently serviced, to once and for all resolve the digital divide.