open eir’s Fibre Rollout in Kilkenny
Access to high speed broadband to double in Kilkenny in 2016
Over 11,000 homes and businesses in nine communities across the county can avail of fibre broadband today
15 Additional communities will have access to high speed broadband by the end of 2016
On Monday the 8th February, open eir, the wholesale division of eir, visited Kilkenny to update local stakeholders on the availability of high speed broadband in the county. Over 11,000 homes and businesses across nine different communities in the county can avail of high speed broadband with speeds of up to 100Mb/s. This is a direct result of open eir’s investment to upgrade its ‘open access’ network. During the year, the number of homes and businesses who can access fibre broadband will double as the service is introduced to an additional 15 communities. This means that by the end of 2016, 22,000 homes and businesses in Kilkenny will have access to high speed broadband.
Additionally, open eir has committed to rolling out Fibre to the Home (FTTH) technology that offers speeds of up to 1,000Mb/s in a further six Kilkenny locations that include; Coon, Glenmore, Johnswell, Kells, Kilmoganny and The Rower.
open eir is 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 the briefing event Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, open eir said “No other operator in the market is investing more. 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 24 communities in Kilkenny. But our ambition does not stop there as we will provide best in class solutions with unparalleled speeds to a further six communities in the county by the end of 2020.
I’m delighted that our investment programme is benefitting communities across Kilkenny. 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, and 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. We continue to actively engage in the process to ensure the ambitious target to provide high speed broadband to every home and business in Ireland by the end of 2020 is met”.
Today, 1.4 million homes and businesses (55% of the premises in Ireland) can access high speed broadband. open eir is on track to reach 70% of the country by the end of this year. By 2020, that will rise to 80% of the country.