In open eir, we continuously review technology advances and international best practice to find ways to rollout better services, faster and cheaper. Part of the process of integrating these new technologies is conducting pilots and trials. This has been particularly beneficial in informing our approach rolling out to rural Ireland. To refine our solution to our rural fibre extension, we performed a trial in Belcarra, County Mayo and we currently have another underway trial in Munterconnaught, County Cavan.
Belcarra, County Mayo
In May 2015, we launched our proposed solution to the upcoming National Broadband Plan (NBP) to bring best in class high speed broadband to rural Ireland.
Showcasing broadband speeds of 1 Gbps with Fibre to the Home (FTTH) technology, a series of events took place in the small, rural farming community of Belcarra, Co Mayo to demonstrate the transformative impact the service has had on the area.
Munterconnaught, County Cavan
Hot on the heels of the success of the trial in Belcarra, open eir launched a competition inviting communities across Ireland to outline how being ‘FibrePowered’ would positively impact their lives, their businesses and their homes. The competition was open to communities who had no access to high speed broadband and were waiting the deployment of the National Broadband Plan.
In November 2015, Munterconnaught, County Cavan was announced as the winner of the competition. Work has already commenced on bringing open eir’s fibre solution, and we will be posting local stories as they become available.