Ireland’s eir has announced that its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure now passes more than 800,00 premises. With the company having begun the rollout of an urban focused full fibre network in 2019, following the completion of its rural FTTH programme – which saw the technology rolled out to 340,000 homes and businesses – it noted that expansion had continued apace throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, it was keen to highlight that during the global health crisis it had still been able to extend the reach of FTTH, with Eavann Murphy, Managing Director of Open eir Wholesale, saying: ‘We are extremely proud of the scale and pace of this FTTH network build, and I think it is particularly remarkable that approximately 400,000 of these homes and businesses were passed during the pandemic.’
eir aims to have made gigabit speeds available to 84% of premises in Ireland by 2026, with 1.9 million homes and businesses expected to be within reach of its FTTH network by that date. Meanwhile, the telco notes that its fibre rollout forms a key part of its EUR1 billion (USD1.1 billion) capital investment programme to transform and expand its fixed and mobile infrastructure, with a view to ‘delivering world class infrastructure informed by the needs of its customers, now and into the future’.