eir Statement on NBP

eir welcomes the launch of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) pre-qualification process and the continued commitment by the Government, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White and the departmental officials in DCENR to progress with the NBP as quickly as possible.

We will continue to actively engage with this process to ensure that the Minister's ambitious target to provide high speed broadband for every home and business in Ireland by the end of 2020 is met.

eir remains fully committed to its own commercial investment plans to provide high speed broadband to 1.9 million premises by 2020. No operator has delivered more investment in high speed fibre and telecommunications for Ireland and we will continue to deliver on our investment commitments made on the rollout of high speed broadband.

Today, 1.35 million homes and businesses (55% of the premises in Ireland) can already access high speed broadband. We intend to reach 1.6 million premises by the end of 2016 and 1.9 million premises by 2020 which will maximise the commercial rollout of high speed broadband and minimise the cost to the exchequer and to taxpayers.

Rollout update:
Already this month (December) eir has provided open access to high speed broadband to more than 6,800 premises in the following locations:

Abbeydorney (Co. Kerry)
Ballymore Eustace (Co. Kildare)
Ballymacelligott (Co. Kerry)
Clara (Co. Offaly)       
Cornafulla (Co. Roscommon)
Inniscrone (Co. Sligo)          
Killanne (Co. Wexford)
Spiddal (Co. Galway)     
Foynes (Co. Limerick)   
Millstreet (Co. Cork)
Banagher (Co. Offaly)
Bohola (Co. Mayo)

In the next four weeks (December/January) we will provide open access to high speed broadband 10,000 homes and businesses in the following locations:

Ballyduff(Co. Waterford)              
Borris In Ossory(Co. Laois)
Coill Dubh(Co. Kildare)     
Clarina(Co. Limerick)
Cratloe(Co. Clare)
Durrow Co. Laois)          
Foulksmills(Co. Wexford)  
Hackballscross(Co. Louth)
Kilmallock(Co. Limerick)   
Ramelton(Co. Donegal)   
Riverstown(Co. Louth)        
Wellington Bridge(Co. Wexford)  
Athleague(Co. Roscommon)
Castletownshend(Co. Cork)           
Drumkeen(Co. Donegal)   
Glin(Co. Limerick)   
Jenkinstown(Co. Kilkenny)  
Rathdowney(Co. Laois)          
Rockcorry(Co. Monaghan)
Rathmullen(Co. Donegal)   
Stradbally(Co. Laois)          
Borrisokane(Co. Tipperary)
Clontibret(Co. Monaghan)
Ravensdale(Co. Louth)       
Ardcroney(Co. Tipperary)
Arva(Co. Cavan)        
Ballon(Co. Carlow)

Timeline of eir's Key Fibre Milestones

Autumn 2012

  • eir commences construction of its fibre broadband network, using fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology, supported by Huawei equipment.

May 2013

  • eir launches 'open access' fibre network, offering speeds of up to 70 Mb per second to more than 400,000 homes and businesses.

December 2013

  • eir expands planned fibre footprint from 1.2 million to 1.4 million premises. Fibre network footprint reaches 700,000 premises.

February 2014

  • eir becomes one of the first operators in Europe to introduce vectoring technology – fibre network now offers speeds of up to 100Mb per second

August 2014

  • eir announces acceleration of rollout to reach 1.4 million premises by end 2015. Extends planned fibre footprint to 1.6 million premises

September 2014

  • Fibre network passes one millionth premises in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry

October 2014

  • eir announces plans to introduce speeds of up to 1Gbps (1,000Mb per second). FTTH rollout to commence in November in Letterkenny, Kilkenny City and Cavan Town. Also announces construction of rural FTTH technical trial in Belcarra, Mayo. Now estimates 1.6 million premises will be reached six months early by mid-2016.

February 2015

  • eir announces that first 16 of 66 FTTH locations will be able to offer service by September 2015, with speeds of 150Mb per second; 300Mb per second and 1,000Mb per second

April 2015

  • eir selects Huawei as its technology partner and equipment supplier for the initial phase of FTTH rollout.

May 2015

  • eir formally launches its FTTH trial and outlines FTTH as its technology solution for the Government's National Broadband Plan

June 2015

  • eir extends planned fibre footprint from 1.6 million premises to 1.9 million premises (80% of all premises in Ireland). FTTH technology to be used to reach additional 300,000 customers in more than 1,000 communities across the country.

September 2015

  • eir launches Ireland's fastest broadband with speeds of up to 1,000Mb/s (1 gigabit per second) in 15 communities across 13 counties.

November 2015

  • More than 30,000 homes and businesses can now access speeds of up to 1,000Mb/s in 15 communities across 13 counties. These include: Cavan Town, Castlebar, Carrigaline, Drogheda, Douglas, Ennis, Greystones, Kilkenny City, Letterkenny, Naas, Sligo, Sandyford, Tralee, Wexford Town and Belcarra

November 2015

  • eir names Munterconnaught as the winner of Open eir's Fibre to the home (FTTH) competition, the '1 gigabit town'

For more information please check out www.fibrerollout.ie