Irish communications provider eir has announced a further expansion of its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, revealing that the infrastructure is now available to homes and businesses in 79 towns across the Republic. According to the operator, since work began on the so-called ‘Ireland’s Fibre Network’ (‘IFN’) in 2019, the urban fibre rollout programme has passed more than 380,000 premises, offering downlink speeds of up to 1Gbps. Meanwhile, in announcing the latest coverage expansion, eir also claimed that, when combining the IFN expansion in urban areas with the fibre build work it previously carried out in rural areas of the country, more than 800,000 premises across Ireland can now access superfast fibre broadband.
The IFN is reported to be a key part of eir’s EUR1 billion (USD1.2 billion) capital investment programme to build ‘the very best network for its customers’, and once complete, the telco’s fibre infrastructure is expected to cover more than 85% of premises in the country.
Commenting, eir CEO Carolan Lennon said: ‘Ireland’s Fibre Network is the next stage in the evolution of eir’s fibre network, enabling eir to deliver a superfast, future-proofed broadband service straight into the home. Our rollout of Gigabit Fibre has continued at pace, despite the COVID-19 outbreak.’