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eir commences Vectoring roll out, boosts fibre broadband speeds to 100Mb/s

eir commences Vectoring roll out, boosts fibre broadband speeds to 100Mb/s

eir has become one of the first telecommunications companies in the world to deploy VDSL2 Vectoring technology in its Next Generation Fibre Access network, boosting broadband speeds up to 100 Mbps for more than 700,000 homes and businesses across Ireland.

Vectoring on VDSL2 technology is a cutting edge development that uses noise cancelling technology to boost broadband speeds to homes and businesses. This process strengthens the broadband signal and gives home and business broadband customers faster speeds.

eir has already deployed vectoring technology to 150 of its fibre broadband cabinets. By the end of this month, vectoring will have been deployed to the vast majority of eir’s 3,000 fibre broadband cabinets.

Upon completion, eir estimates that at least 70% of the approximately 700,000 homes and businesses currently passed by its fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) network will be able to achieve speeds of between 70Mbps and 100Mbps.

Commenting on the development Carolan Lennon, Managing Director open eir, said “Leading telecoms analysts such as Analysys Mason estimate that by 2020 European homes and small businesses will need download speeds of 100Mbps. With the deployment of vectoring we’re making those speeds available to homes and businesses within our existing national fibre footprint now, and the 1.4 million homes and businesses we intend to reach by 2016. Once completed, the broadband speeds available over our National Next Generation Fibre Access Network are now faster than most Fixed Line Operators across Europe.

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eir says 700,000 homes within reach of 100Mbps broadband Sean O’Reilly, Huawei Ireland, with Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, open eir

We continue to work closely with our Global vendors, such as Huawei, to explore further hugely exciting technological developments in this area such as G.Fast, which offers the potential of future step changes in both upload and download
broadband speeds by driving fibre further out into
our network.”

Mr. Derek Ding, MD for Huawei Ireland commented, “We have worked closely with eir in the development and deployment of the network and we are excited with the progress that has been made. We are delighted with the enclosed announcement as we believe that this will benefit consumers in Ireland. Ireland has always been a leader in telecoms technological innovation and today’s announcement enhances this position.”

Mr. You Yiyong, president of Huawei access network product line, said, “New technologies such as vectoring and G.fast can help operators efficiently reuse existing infrastructure and quickly implement superfast broadband strategies. Huawei will continue to invest and develop new technologies for fibre broadband to improve the access speed and bring more benefits to the customers.”

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Notes:

  • eir’s Next Generation Fibre Access Network (NGA) is currently available to more than 700,000 homes and businesses in 26 counties, listed below.
  • When complete approximately 1.4 million homes and businesses, or 70% of Irish premises, will be able to access high-speed fibre broadband over the eir network from a range of service providers.
  • Vectoring has been deployed to the open eir network. Retail Operators may be required to upgrade their customers’ speed profiles for the full benefit to be experienced.
  • Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) is the most prevalent Next Generation Access technology being deployed in Europe, with over 56 million homes now passed by FTTC networks.
  • eir’s (NGA)network is available to all Operators on an open access basis, with 15 operators having now connected customers to the network.
    open eir has published the over 600 exchanges and over 5000 fibre cabinet locations across Ireland included in its fibre rollout up to 2016. The NGA network map can be viewed at http://www.eircomwholesale.ie/Our_Network/
County Live NGA Cabinets Homes and Businesses that can order NGA Live Exchanges
Carlow 60 10660 1
Cavan 33 5180 1
Clare 106 17520 7
Donegal 71 16980 4
Galway 149 29650 7
Kerry 110 22060 7
Kildare 124 22030 8
Kilkenny 47 8330 1
Laois 48 7470 2
Leitrim 13 2010 1
Limerick 174 39900 7
Longford 23 5370 2
Louth 100 29350 5
Mayo 76 15050 3
Meath 81 17230 8
Monaghan 34 5910 2
Offaly 19 3510 3
Roscommon 14 2300 1
Sligo 33 7000 2
Tipperary 94 16610 4
Waterford 89 20140 3
Westmeath 66 14000 3
Wexford 89 12330 6
Wicklow 116 23720 7
Cork 340 91460 19
Dublin 1023 253620 33
Grand Total 3132 699390 147