The Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly, has welcomed the news that Eircom Group will significantly increase broadband speed services currently available on its fibre broadband network by offering one gigabit (1,000 megabits per second) connectivity in 66 communities across the country.
“Three Tipperary towns, Clonmel, Nenagh and Roscrea have been included. The rollout is due to commence in November and is due to completed in December 2017. The construction phase for each location is expected to take approximately six months. Eircom estimates that 1.6 million premises will be reached six months early by mid-2016,” he said.
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.
“This is a significant announcement for Eircom customers. Consumers can download a high definition film in less than a minute with a one gigabit broadband connection. Business users will have a bandwidth capacity to transfer applications and large data files at rates only available to large enterprises,” said Minister Kelly.