25 Nov 2014
Broadband provider Eircom has welcomed an announcement from the Irish government regarding the publication of maps by Ireland’s Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) identifying premises due to have broadband access by the end of 2016. In a press release the operator stated this to be ‘an important next step in the National Broadband Implementation Plan (NBIP)’, adding that it ‘believes that a fixed line fibre technology connected to every home and business should be the lead infrastructure to serve customers identified through this mapping exercise’, future-proofing the investment and supporting the removal of an urban/rural digital divide.
Eircom announced last month that it will be delivering 1Gbps connectivity via fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology to 66 communities across the 26 Irish counties, and that 1.6 million homes and businesses in the country – around 70% of the population – will have fibre availability (including fibre-to-the-cabinet [FTTC] combined with VDSL Vectoring) by mid-2016. The top-placed broadband provider, with 36.8% of the subscriber share at the end of June 2014 as noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, is ‘more than half way through a EUR400 million [USD496.1 million] programme to roll out high speed broadband’ and claims that almost 50% of the country now has access to fixed broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps.