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CREATING CONNECTIONS eircom continues to roll out its superfast broadband service, scheduled for completion in December 2017.
uperfast broadband is getting even faster, as news that the eircom Group is continuing its one gigabit (Gb) broadband network rollout, available in 16 initial locations nationwide this coming August. Sixtysix locations will eventually offer the 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps) service that is on par with the fastest broadband speeds available in Europe. With a one Gb connection, users can download a high definition film in seconds and business users will have bandwidth capacity to transfer applications and large data files at rates previously only available to large enterprises. These superfast speeds will be underpinned by ‘end-to-end’ fibre connections through the use of fibre to the home (FTTH) technology, and customer connections will be provided as demand for this connectivity emerges.
FOOTPRINT The initial 16 locations include Letterkenny, Cavan, Kilkenny, Douglas, Ennis, Carragaline, Balbriggan, Tralee, Naas, Drogheda, Roscommon, Monaghan, Sligo, Castlebar and Greystones. The planned footprint of 66 locations includes areas of all five major cities, major regional centres and every county town in Ireland. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2017. Commenting on the rollout, David Walsh, Director of Commercial and SME, eircom Business Solutions said: “This rollout demonstrates the flexibility and scalability of our future proofed fibre network. Building on our existing network design, end-
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David Walsh, Director of Commercial and SME, eircom Business Solutions
to-end fibre connectivity supporting speeds of one gigabit is the natural next step in the evolution of our network capability and will really deliver what businesses around the country need – now and in the future. The delivery of this service underlines eircom’s ambition for Ireland and our ambition for SMEs to 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.”
premises which can now access broadband with speeds of up to 100Mbps. This project eircom has also announced will run in an acceleration and parallel with extension of their planned footprint expansion from eircom’s 1.4 million to 1.6 million existing fibre homes and businesses. investment Most recently, eircom programme Business Solutions has and eircom launched ‘advantage business bundles’ offering real value, customers flexibility and simplicity. around the Businesses can choose from country two broadband packages, can already pick a landline plan and then add mobile. Customers access can also avail of the very broadband speeds of up best speeds available on to 100Mbps. their line, without incurring extra costs. MILESTONES As an extra benefit for This project will run in businesses with staff on the move, all parallel with eircom’s existing fibre mobile plans from eircom Business investment programme and eircom Solutions come with roaming in the business customers around the UK, EU and USA included. country can already access broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps. Last September, the company passed the For more information, see important milestone of one million www.eircom.ie/business. InBUSINESS | Q1 2015