Tullamore & Edenderry Now Broadband Enabled
Tullamore & Edenderry latest towns to benefit from speeds of up to 100 Mb/s from open eir’s high speed broadband investment programme – almost 8,000 premises can access its National High Speed Fibre Broadband network
Birr rollout to commence in July with Pound St. & High St. going live €2.25 million invested so far as part of €6 million investment in Offaly’s broadband infrastructure
Monday, 14th July, 2014: High-speed fibre broadband with speeds of up to 100 Mb/s is now available in Tullamore and Edenderry as part of open eir’s €400 million investment programme to upgrade its national Open Access telecommunications network* for 1.4 million homes and businesses throughout the country by 2016. The Offaly towns will join others across Ireland benefiting from exceptional high-speed broadband, surpassing speeds generally available in European capitals such as Rome and Athens. The rollout to Birr will also commence this month with service commencing in some areas in Birr within two weeks.
(*Open Access means any broadband provider, not just eir can sell TV, broadband and phone services using the infrastructure.)
As part of a €2.25 million investment to date, 5,700 premises in Tullamore and 2,250 homes and businesses in Edenderry have now been empowered with next generation broadband as part of a major national upgrade of broadband services undertaken by open eir which will bring high-speed broadband to 21,000 premises in County Offaly through a €6 million investment. This ongoing investment programme will see a further 14 locations across Offaly including: Banagher, Clara, Ferbane and Rahangetting access to open eir’s high-speed Open Access Network with speeds of up to 100Mb/s by the end of next year.
In Tullamore 34 kms of new fibre has been installed connecting broadband cabinets at: Norbury Woods Green;Droim Liath;Clonminch Road; Bachelors Walk/Geashill Road;Clara Road;O’Moore Street;Kilcruttin;Spollenstown Industrial Estate;Charleville Road;Junction of Spollenstown Lane/Charleville Road;Saint Columba’s Place; Harbour Street;Whitehall;Patrick Street; Offaly Street; Opposite Canal at Rahan Road; Clara Road; Arden Road; Gleann an Ardain; Collins Lane; Ballydaly Road; Market Square; Hop Hill Grove; Marian Place; Clara Road; Clonminch Wood; Cloncollig; Watermill Lane; Eiscir Island; and the estate at Chancery Park Road. Together these cabinets enable 5,700 homes and businesses in Tullamore avail of the latest fixed line broadband technology through a range of service providers.
Further cabinets are in construction and planning at: Ballin Ri; Carraig Cluain, Clara Road; Convent View; O’Connor Square; and Cappincur and will be fully live when the upgrade is complete by the end of next year bringing high-speed broadband access to a further 900 premises in Tullamore.
With 11 kms of new fibre laid in Edenderry, fibre broadband cabinets are live in: Killane; Granary Court; Frances Street; Gleann na Carraige; The Manor; Killane View; The Sycamores; Saint Patrick’s Wood; Clonmullen Hall; and Downshire Shopping Centre bringing speeds of up to 100 Mb/s to 2,250 premises in the town.Further locations such as O’Connell Square are in planning phase.
Fifteen kms of fibre are being installed in Birr and from later in July the first cabinets at High Street and Pound Street will go live. This will be followed by Old Railway Station, Seefin; Roscrea Road; Wilmer Road; Whiteford; Oxmantown Mall; Elm Park, Syngefield Road; River Oaks, Riverstown, Birr; Sandymount Crescent which are in planning and construction.
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 Tullamore and Edenderry which will bring future-proofed speeds of up to 100 Mb/s to homes and businesses. Both Tullamore and Edenderry 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
Niall Quinn, The Reputations Agency, (01) 661 8915 or 086 827 4829
Christina Kelly 01 600 4444 or 085 171 5454
Dearbhaill Rossiter 01 600 5282 or 085 174 5284