Over 60,000 homes and businesses across county Galway can avail of fibre broadband today
Over 60,000 homes and businesses in 40 communities across county Galway can avail of high speed fibre broadband today
Over 100,000 homes and businesses across 85 communities will have access to high speed broadband when open eir’s rollout programme completes
Kinvara, Furbo, Gort, Ardrahan and Carnmore among the communities on track to be fibre enabled this year
29,000 premises will benefit from speeds of up to 1,000 Mb/s as part of open eir’s FTTH programme
Yesterday, open eir, visited Athenry to update local stakeholders on the availability of high speed broadband in the county. Today, over 60,000 homes and businesses across 40 communities in the county, can avail of high speed broadband with speeds of up to 100 Mb/s as a direct result of open eir’s investment to upgrade its ‘open access’ network. The number of homes and businesses will rise to over 100,000 as the service is rolled out across an additional 45 communities.
open eir has also committed to rolling out fibre to the home (FTTH) technology offering speeds of up to 1,000 Mb/s to a further 20 communities covering 11,000 homes and businesses across Galway over the next 12 months including; Athenry, Ballyconneelly, Barna, Oranmore, Kilcolgan, Moycullen and Claregalway.
open eir is committed to keeping communities informed of progress of its high speed fibre broadband rollout and with that in mind they have been running an on-going engagement programme with over 900 communities both large and small, urban and rural, across the country which are benefiting from the enhanced service.
Speaking at today’s briefing event Carolan Lennon, Wholesale Managing Director, open eir said
No other operator in the market is investing more or rolling out fibre to the scale that we are. We have made commitments to bring super-fast broadband to as many communities as possible across Ireland. Today 60% of the country has access to high speed broadband and that will rise to 70% by the end of this year. This includes 40 communities in Galway. But our ambition does not stop there as we will provide best in class solutions with unparalleled speeds to a number of additional communities in the county by the end of 2020.
I’m delighted that our investment programme is benefiting communities across Galway. We have seen first-hand how fibre broadband can enhance people’s business and personal lives. It’s helping businesses move online and capture new markets, it enriches the learning experience for students both in the classroom and at home, it facilitates greater teleworking and brings a much broader range of entertainment options into the home with increased music, gaming, film and television services.
In addition to our own commercial rollout programme we are fully supportive of the National Broadband Plan. In line with the Government’s objective, we are committed to delivering a high speed broadband solution to the most rural areas of Ireland. We have submitted our PQQ and we look forward to the next stage of dialogue currently schedule to take place during the summer.
We have already trialled a future-proofed technology that will bring ultrafast fibre broadband direct to homes and businesses using open eir’s existing network of telephone poles throughout the country. We’re confident that the combination of our track record of delivery to date and a best-in-class solution for high speed rural broadband means open eir is best placed to deliver the National Broadband Plan and we will compete vigorously to win that.
Today, 1.4 million homes and businesses can access high speed broadband. open eir is on track to reach 70% of the country by the end of this year.