Eircom announces 1m premises connected to fibre network
A B&B in Cahirsiven has become the millionth premises to be connected to eircom’s fibre network.
Reaching the one millionth milestone is important, not just for eircom, but the country – as close to 50% of homes and businesses across Ireland can now avail of superfast fibre broadband with speeds of up to 100Mb/s.
A further 25,000 homes and businesses Killarney, Ballyspillane, Muckross, Tralee, Killerisk, Castleisland, Killorglin and from today Cahersiveen are also fibre-connected.
B&B owner Alan Landers said: “It is wonderful to be the millionth premises passed by superfast fibre broadband and it will make a huge difference to my family’s life and my business at the B&B. All our domestic and international visitors want and expect to have reliable, fast broadband access as they go about their daily lives, so they can e-mail, Skype or stream videos with their family and friends. The fact that we can offer that service now is a huge plus for us and should help us grow our business.
Landers, who also runs a local computer club, said: “I had a teenage son interested in computers and it seemed like a great way to get young people into coding, a pretty useful life skill. We started meeting in the local secondary school on Saturday mornings and it’s been a runaway success. The kids do all the teaching, we only give a little guidance from time to time, it’s really amazing to watch. With high speed broadband in the town, we’ve now got lots more plans about what we can do. We’re hoping to set up video calls with other Coder Dojo groups around the world.”
Eircom plans to reach 1.6 million premises by the end of 2016 under a €400 million investment.
Herb Hribar, eircom Group CEO, said: “Reaching 1 million homes and businesses is an important milestone – not just for eircom, but the entire country. Access to high speed broadband across rural, suburban and urban Ireland is crucial and no one is doing more than eircom. We are constructing a network that is future proofed with the capability to meet the ever growing demands for data from customers, at home, at work or in the classroom.”