Irish cable operator UPC Ireland, a unit of US-based Liberty Global Inc (LGI), is upgrading broadband speeds for 200,000 of its existing customers between now and June, The Irish Times reports citing a statement from the company. Under the upgrade plan, 170,000 users currently on speeds of between 25Mbps-30Mbps will be up-rated to its new de facto standard speed of 50Mbps, while 30,000 subscribers currently taking a 50Mbps service will see their speeds rise to between 100Mbps-150Mbps. The group’s sales and marketing director Mark Coan said that the move will have a ‘significant impact’ on average broadband speeds in the Republic.
UPC also noted that some of its customers will need to upgrade their modems to access the new download speeds, while about 20,000 of its subscribers live in areas where it is unable to upgrade the network. Finally, UPC is also writing to around 215,000 subscribers to its dual-play (broadband and TV) packages, inviting them to use its Horizon television app and website horizon.tv.