Next generation access rollout extended to 1.9 million premises
Additional 300,000 Rural Homes and Businesses to get Broadband Speeds of up to 1 Gb/s
open eir today announced plans to significantly expand access to high speed fibre broadband in rural Ireland by extending its fibre footprint from 1.6 million homes and businesses to 1.9 million premises throughout the country. The additional 300,000 homes and businesses are spread across 1,070 communities in all 26 counties, and include 300 communities not currently served with high speed broadband. Speeds of up to 1Gb/s will be available through the use of ‘end to end’ fibre to the home (FTTH) technology. This expanded footprint means open eir will invest €400m in fibre over the next five years.
The homes and businesses to be served by this investment are largely ribbon style developments across rural Ireland in communities such as Fybagh, Co Kerry; Blacksod, Co Mayo; Goleen, Co Cork; Maam Co Galway; and Ring, Co Waterford.
Today half of Ireland, 1.2 million homes and businesses, already has access to high speed broadband on open eir’s network and the company remains on track to reach 70% of the country by the end of 2016. By 2020, that will rise to 80% of the country, with 35% all homes and business accessing broadband speeds of up to 1Gb/s when construction completes.
Commenting Richard Moat, CEO eir said “Today’s announcement underlines our continued ambition for Ireland and commitment to strategic investment by our shareholders, board and management. No other operator in Ireland is investing as extensively in fibre broadband. This is a critical development as we build a future proofed network using a best in class technology to deliver the highest broadband speeds to many rural communities right across Ireland.
By making high speed broadband available to as many people as possible, today’s announcement also reduces the intervention footprint under the Government’s National Broadband Plan, thereby reducing the burden for the taxpayer at a time where there is enormous demands for Exchequer funding.