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What is Fibre Broadband?

Fibre broadband uses fixed line fibre optic cable to boost the speed of your broadband connection

Fibre Broadband is also referred to as ‘high-speed broadband’ or ‘next generation broadband’. It offers much higher connection speed, and more reliable throughput of data, than previous fixed line DSL or mobile broadband. By offering a greatly improved digital experience our fibre network is good for home users, 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 line from your premises to the telephone exchange) is now fibre optic cable, with the last small stretch being copper.

Deploying FTTC means we’ve been able to boost broadband speeds to up to 100 Megabits per second (Mb/s) for 1,600,000 million homes and business across Ireland in just over three years.

These speeds enable a seamless experience for almost all of today’s applications including streaming, downloading from the internet and uploading to it.

In rolling out Fibre to the Cabinet we have deployed over 9000 Km of fibre to over 7,000 fibre cabinets in communities across Ireland. We have also future proofed our network – each cabinet has enough spare fibre capacity to deploy Fibre to the Home to all connected premises, offering speeds of up to 1000 megabits per second as home and business needs change in time.

Fibre to the Home (FTTH)

FTTH supplies the fibre connection directly into a home or business, supplying broadband speeds of up to 1000Mb/s.

This is the lead technology we are deploying in our rural rollout with over 23,000Km of fibre due to be deployed. With low densities in rural Ireland it made sense for open eir to deploy fibre along our existing pole network directly into homes, businesses and farms. This is also the technology we propose to deploy to the vast majority of premises in the National Broadband Plan. This state of the art technology will transform many aspects of rural Ireland from health delivery, education, farming and the rural economy. You can follow our progress on our rollout map.