Eircom Group has announced that it will significantly increase broadband speeds currently available on its fibre broadband network by offering one gigabit (1,000 megabits/sec) connectivity in 66 communities across the country including Carrick-on-Shannon.
These superfast speeds will be underpinned by ‘end to end’ fibre connections through the use of fibre to the home (FTTH) technology. Customer connections will be provided as demand for this connectivity emerges.
Customers in these communities can already access broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps. With a one gigabit broadband connection, consumers can download a high definition film in less than a minute and business users will have bandwidth capacity to transfer applications and large data files at rates previously only available to large enterprises.
Work will commence this month on the first three locations - Cavan Town, Kilkenny City and Letterkenny Town. Detailed rollout plans for each community will be announced in due course. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2017.
Commenting on the announcement, Richard Moat, Acting CEO, Eircom said, “This announcement underlines Eircom’s ambition for Ireland and our ambition as the country’s leading telecommunication provider to rollout new technologies that enable and encourage economic growth. Once again we will demonstrate our expertise and ability to deliver network investment more efficiently and at lower cost than other operators.”
Eircom has outlined its plans to the Regulator (ComReg) and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR). Industry engagement will commence shortly. Operators will continue to have the same ‘open access’ to the fibre network alongside a suite of enhanced products with increased speed profiles.
This project will run parallel with Eircom’s existing fibre investment programme.