eircom Expands Fibre Broadband Investment in Laois
Laois is to have access to speeds of up to 1Gb/s ‘end to end’ fibre to the home (FTTH) technology in 15 new locations thanks to a major regional investment by eircom. Arles, Ballinakill, Ballyroan, Ballintubbert, Bilboa, Ballyfin, Cullahill, Clough, Coolrain, Errill, Luggacurren, Shanahoe, Timahoe, The Swan and Wolfhill will benefit from this world class technology via 606 kilometres of fibre.
Today the company announced plans to significantly expand access to high speed fibre broadband in rural Ireland by extending its fibre footprint from 1.6 million homes and businesses to 1.9 million premises throughout the country. The additional 300,000 homes and businesses are spread across 1,070 communities in all 26 counties, and include 300 communities not currently served with high speed broadband. This expanded footprint means eircom will invest €400m in fibre over the next five years.
The homes and businesses to be served by this investment are largely ribbon style developments across rural Ireland in communities such as Arles, Ballinakill, Ballyroan, Ballintubbert, Bilboa, Ballyfin, Cullahill, Clough, Coolrain, Errill, Luggacurren, Shanahoe, Timahoe, The Swan and Wolfhill, Co Laois. Please click on the following link to see the list of locations in Laois where superfast broadband is already available as well as areas identified for rollout http://fibrerollout.ie/where-and-when/laois/
Today half of Ireland, 1.2 million homes and businesses, already has access to high speed broadband on eircom’s network and the company remains on track to reach 70% of the country by the end of 2016. By 2020, that will rise to 80% of the country, with 35% all homes and business accessing broadband speeds of up to 1Gb/s when construction completes.
Commenting Richard Moat, CEO eircom said “Today’s announcement underlines our continued ambition for Ireland and commitment to strategic investment by our shareholders, board and management. No other operator in Ireland is investing as extensively in fibre broadband. This is a critical development as we build a future proofed network using a best in class technology to deliver the highest broadband speeds to many rural communities right across Ireland.
By making high speed broadband available to as many people as possible, today’s announcement also reduces the intervention footprint under the Government’s National Broadband Plan, thereby reducing the burden for the taxpayer at a time where there is enormous demands for Exchequer funding.”
A detailed list of the 308 new communities included in this extended footprint is available on a county by county basis.
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Timeline of eircom’s Key Fibre Milestones
- eircom commences construction of its fibre broadband network, using fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology, supported by Huawei equipment.
- eircom launches ‘open access’ fibre network, offering speeds of up to 70 Mb per second to more than 400,000 homes and businesses.
- eircom expands planned fibre footprint from 1.2 million to 1.4 million premises. Fibre network footprint reaches 700,000 premises.
- eircom becomes one of the first operators in Europe to introduce vectoring technology – fibre network now offers speeds of up to 100Mb per second
- eircom announces acceleration of rollout to reach 1.4 million premises by end 2015. Extends planned fibre footprint to 1.6 million premises
- Fibre network passes one millionth premises in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry
- eircom 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.
- eircom 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
- eircom selects Huawei as its technology partner and equipment supplier for the initial phase of FTTH rollout.
- eircom formally launches its FTTH trial and outlines FTTH as its technology solution for the Government’s National Broadband Plan
- eircom extends planned fibre footprint from 1.6 million premises to 1.9 million premises (82% of all premises in Ireland). FTTH technology used to reach additional 300,000 customers in more than 1,000 communities across the country.