Eircom opens competition to find next fibre to the home community

FibrePower Your Community
Pictured: Carolan Lennon, eircom Wholesale and Tim O Leary, IFA

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29 June 2015 | 0

Eircom has launched a nationwide competition to find the next town to receive its fibre to the home technology.

The FibrePower Your Community competition comes on foot of the first successful trial site in Belcarra, Co Mayo.

Communities are asked to present a compelling case as to why their locality should become the next trial location. The competition is open to communities with no access to high speed broadband and are awaiting the deployment of the National Broadband Plan. The prize represents an investment of €250,000.

According to eircom, some 1.2 million homes and businesses can access speeds of up to 100Mb/s across its network, with plans to increase this to 1.9 million by 2020.

Carolan Lennon, managing director, eircom Wholesale, said: “This FibrePower Your Community competition is part of our preparation to gain insights before we rollout new technology in scale. We want to ensure that deploying a high speed broadband network delivers real benefits to communities.

“In Belcarra, we saw first-hand how a community can benefit from this type of infrastructure. We believe this competition will highlight the huge demand for high speed broadband and demonstrate that an investment of this size can and will transform lives and businesses in rural communities.”

Judging panel member AJ Noonan of the Small Firms Association added: “Businesses in rural Ireland that currently have with no access to high speed broadband who are relying on the National Broadband Plan have a super chance with this competition to put their town on the map as the next eircom trial site.”

Also represented on the panel with be the Irish Farmers Association.

Entry forms can be downloaded at www.fibrerollout.ie and closing date for entries is 15 September.

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