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Fibre Broadband Now Available in Blessington

Fibre Broadband Now Available in Blessington

Blessington gets high-speed broadband following open eir’s investment programme

Fibre broadband with speeds of up to 100mb/s now available to 1,500 homes and businesses in Blessington – rising to over 1,900

New network offers faster broadband speeds than European capitals Rome and Athens 

–       Investment welcomed by Blessington Enterprise Group –

 

Monday, 16th June, 2014: High-speed fibre broadband with speeds of up to 100 mb/s is now available in Blessington as part of open eir’s €400 million investment programme to upgrade its Open Access telecommunications network for 1.4 million homes and businesses nationwide by 2016. Towns across Ireland are benefiting from exceptional high-speed broadband surpassing speeds generally available in European capitals such as Rome and Athens.

1,500 homes and businesses in Blessington have now been empowered with next generation broadband. This ongoing investment programme from open eir will ensure over 40,000 premises in County Wicklow will have access to the superfast network with speeds of up to 100mb/s by the end of next year.

14 kms of new fibre have been installed in Blessington connecting nine broadband cabinets at: Naas Road; Deerpark, Naas Road; Burgage Manor; Blessington Abbey, Kilmalum, (Entrance); Dublin Road; Woodleigh Avenue (Entrance); Glen View, Downshire Park (Entrance); Burgage Industrial Park; Glending Way (Entrance). A further four cabinets in: Red Lane, Dublin Rd;Lacken Road, Knockieran; Blessington Town Square; Kilmalum Way are in construction and due to go live, in some cases as early as next month. Once complete over 1,900 homes and businesses in the town will have access to the superfast Open Access Network.

Speaking of open eir’s investment in high–speed broadband in Blessington, Madge Tyrrell, Chair of the Blessington Enterprise Group said: “open eir’s investment in a high-speed broadband network in Blessington is a real vote of confidence in the town, and is particularly good news for local businesses which now have access to a fibre broadband network with speeds up to 100 mb/s. Having access to high-speed broadband is crucial for towns like Blessington, both for existing businesses that need to be able to access new cloud-based software services such as data storage and customer relationship management, and for attracting new investment into the area. The Blessington Enterprise Group is particularly pleased that the network is an Open Access network, meaning that a wide range of broadband Service Providers can use the network to offer tailored communication solutions to local businesses in Blessington.”

Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, open eir, the business division of eir responsible for delivering the nationwide Open Access Network upgrade said: “Last year we committed to spending €400 million on upgrading eir’s Open Access Network to bring high-speed fibre broadband to 1.4 million homes and businesses in 900 communities around the country by the end of next year. Huge progress has been made and we’re now well over halfway through that programme and I’m delighted that our investment programme has now reached Blessington which will bring future-proofed speeds of up to 100 mb/s to homes and businesses. Blessington is now joining hundreds of communities from Buncrana to Bandon and from Wicklow to Westport benefiting from access to our network. We know from towns already live on the network that the availability of high-speed broadband is crucial for local businesses which want to transact online, for schools to transform the teaching and learning experience for students in the classroom and at home, to facilitate greater home working and a much broader range of entertainment options through new video on-demand and online TV services.”

 

For more information on high-speed broadband services please contact your local telecoms operator or visit fibrerollout.ie

 

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For reference:

Elaine Connery, The Reputations Agency, (01) 661 8915 or 086 412 9222

Christina Kelly 01 600 4444 or 085 171 5454

Dearbhaill Rossiter 01 600 5282 or 085 174 5284