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Kells hosts open eir community briefing on local high-speed broadband investment

Kells hosts open eir community briefing on local high-speed broadband investment

29th April, 2014: On Friday, 25th April, open eir held a briefing in The Headfort Arms Hotel on its Open Access upgraded broadband network and the benefits it is bringing to 1,700 homes and businesses in Kells. The event was attended by local businesses, public representatives and community groups.

The event was part of a broader community engagement programme across the country providing further details about open eir’s Open Access Network upgrade to 1.4 million premises across the country by 2016.

At the event, Carolan Lennon, Managing Director of open eir, outlined more details on the areas in Kells able to access broadband speeds of up to 100Mb/s and discussed how it is making a huge difference to communities across the country already connected to superfast broadband. Those attending the event saw demonstrations of both the speed of the service and the many applications that this facilitates with representatives of Samsung and Microsoft showing, amongst other things, how interactive television services and gaming is enabled with superfast broadband. LMFM’s outside broadcast unit was at the event too, interviewing local businesses and representatives on the benefits the upgraded network is bringing to Kells specifically and Meath generally.

Speaking after the Kells community briefing and welcoming the investment in the town, Councillor John V. Farrelly, President of Kells Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of Meath County Council said: “It’s a great day for Kells to have 1,700 homes and businesses able to access open eir’s superfast broadband network. Kells has always been open for business but the investment in high-speed broadband is a really positive development for the town. Having access to a service with speeds of up to 100Mb/s will ensure that Kells can now compete more effectively with other towns across the country with similar broadband services. I was also encouraged to hear at the briefing that eir is committed to playing its part in the National Broadband Plan by tendering for that contract when it is launched by the Government.”

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12,550 premises in Meath have now been empowered with next generation broadband with a further 1,175 premises able to get access to high speed broadband by the end of April. When the upgrade is complete in 2016, 75% of homes and businesses in Meath will be able to access uncongested high-speed broadband with speeds of up to 100Mb/s.

Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, open eir, the business division of open eir for delivering the nationwide Open Access network said: “It was really great to meet so many people in the Headfort Arms today and give them more information on the high-speed broadband investment programme. Some businesses and homes have already availed of the service in recent weeks and their experiences echoed those in other communities we’ve visited since we started rolling out this upgrade last year. I always enjoy hearing first hand how businesses are using the technology to access new markets as well as teachers and parents discussing how it enriches students’ learning experiences. At home too it’s giving families a much broader range of entertainment options into the home with increased music, gaming, film and television services.”

Lennon added: “While a lot has been achieved in a year with 700,000 premises around the country able to access this Open Access Network we are working away to reach our target of 1.4 million homes and business by 2016. Work is ongoing in Athboy, Duleek, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Batterstown, Enfield and Ratoath which is expected to be completed before October. One further phase will then focus on 18 communities in Meath including Balivor, Oldcastle, Nobber and Drumconrath.”

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

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For reference:
Niall Quinn, The Reputations Agency, (01) 661 8915 or (086) 827 4829

eir Group press office:
Chris Kelly, Commuications Manager 01 600 4444 or 085 1715454
Dearbhaill Rossiter, Head of Communications 01 600 5284 or 085 1745284

Full details of eight high-speed broadband enabled Cabinets in Kells currently live and the areas served are:

  1. Tennis Club, Athboy Road, Cortown, Kells. Areas served include: Maple Drive, Balrath Wood, Gardenrath Road, Rockfield Road and Townspark Manor
  2. Headfort Road, Kells. Areas served include: Headfort Place; Kenlis Place; and Navan Road.
  3. Maudlin Street, Kells. Areas served include: Carrick Street; Castle Street; John Street and Maudlin Sreet.
  4. Entrance to Estate at Grand Priory, Headfort Park, Kells. Areas served include: Blackthorn Close; Blackthorn Grove; Grand Priory; Headfort Grove; Headfort Park; Headfort Road and Headfort Woods.
  5. Magdalen Court, Maudlin Street, Kells. Areas served include: Archdeaconary Glebe; Cakestown Glebe; Cherryhill Avenue; Cherryhill Court; Cherryhill Green; Cherryhill Road; Magdelene Court; Maudlin Road and Stonebridge.
  6. Junction of Gardenrath Road/Close, Gardenrath Road, Kells. Areas served include Bective Place; Beechlawn Gardenrath; Gardenrath Road; Garenrath Road Upper; Hermitage Glen and Sycamore Avenue
  7. NCT Centre, Kells Business Park, Virginia Road, Kells. Areas served include: Kells Enterprise Centre; Cavan Road; Kells Business Park and Virginia Road.
  8. Rear entrance to Headfort Estate, Headfort Road, Kells. Areas served include: Lower Courtyard Headfort Demesne; Main Courtyard Headfort Demesne; Sydenrath and The Orchard Headfort Demesne.