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Skibbereen and Rathluirc get speeds of up to 100 Mb/s

Skibbereen and Rathluirc get speeds of up to 100 Mb/s

Skibbereen and Rathluirc latest to benefit from speeds of up to 100 Mb/s from eir open eir’s high speed broadband investment programme

Fibre broadband now available to over 2,600 homes and businesses in Skibbereen and Rathluirc

New Open Access Network offers faster broadband speeds to over 100,000 premises in County Cork. 

-Better speeds than generally available in European capitals Rome and Athens-

Friday, 4th July, 2014: High-speed fibre broadband with speeds of up to 100 Mb/s is now available in Skibbereen and Rathluirc 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. The Cork towns will join others across Ireland benefiting from exceptional high-speed broadband, surpassing speeds generally available in European capitals such as Rome and Athens.

1,320 premises in Skibbereen and 1,340 homes and businesses in Rathluirc have now been empowered with next generation broadband joining areas like Bandon and Carrightwohill which have a total of 3,300 premises able to benefit from high-speed broadband. This ongoing investment programme in a further 42 locations across Cork including: Kinsale, Ballyhooley,Castletownbere, Castlelyons,Kealkill, Schull and Riverstick will ensure over 100,000 premises in County Cork will have access to open eir’s high-speed Open Access Network with speeds of up to 100Mb/s by the end of next year.

In Rathluirc 13 kms of new fibre has been installed connecting broadband cabinets at: Ballyhea; Smiths Lane; Kilmallock Road; Rathgoggin Heights; Limerick Road; Kilmallock Road; Station Road; Cherry Close Brindle; and Lios Na Rí. Together these cabinets enable almost 1,340 homes and businesses in Rathluirc avail of the latest fixed line broadband technology through a range of service providers.

With 3 kms of new fibre laid in Skibbereen, eight fibre broadband cabinets are live in: Cork Road;

Coronea; Baltimore Road; Heritage Centre; Upper Bridge Street; Market Street; Pound Hill; and

High Street (Western Roundabout), bringing speeds of up to 100 Mb/s to 1,320 premises in the town.

In total 3,300 homes and businesses in Rathluirc and Skibbereen will benefit from the upgrade in these areas when fully complete.

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 over halfway through that programme and I’m delighted that our investment programme has now reached Skibbereen and Rathluirc which will bring future-proofed speeds of up to 100 Mb/s to homes and businesses. Both Skibbereen and Rathluirc are 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