Ireland’s incumbent fixed line operator Eircom has said it is expecting to launch its new IPTV service ‘quite soon’, and hopes its new offer will enable it to better compete with rival cable and satellite TV providers, Total Telecom quoted the firm’s IPTV Technical Architect Eoin Halpin as saying.
Earlier this month, Eircom’s new CEO Herb Hribar said that as part of the group’s plan to deploy fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) that will enable 1.2 million Irish homes and businesses get broadband access of up to 70Mbps by 2014, the infrastructure will be ‘future-proofed’ to enable fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity. At the time, Hribar said that if the economic environment in the country improves sufficiently to make an FTTH upgrade viable, the technology could potentially see households and businesses receiving connection speeds of between 100Mbps and 200Mbps available in many parts of the country.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the carrier is in the throes of an upgrade programme designed to roll out a next generation network (NGN) bringing fibre to local street cabinets (FTTC), with legacy copper wires providing the link to the individual property via VDSL. Eircom’s NGN currently passes 230,000 Irish homes – a figure that will climb to 300,000 when new next generation broadband services are launched in May. Going forward, the telco aims to deliver coverage to one million homes by end-2014, rising to 1.2 million soon after. To further augment its data-based offerings. The CEO added that by end-2014 it will have added its first 4G mobile services as it looks to promote a quad-play offer to drive future revenue growth.