Ratheniska, Ardee get fibre broadband infrastructure boost

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24 September 2015 | 0

The towns of Ratheniska in Co Laois and Ardee in Co Louth are to receive significant broadband infrastructure upgrades.

Ratheniska is the latest town to be served by ESB-Vodafone joint venture Siro. The investment will see the arrival of a 1Gb/s fibre-to-the-home broadband network.

So far, 17 premises have been connected, including 14 homes, Ratheniska National School, the Community Hall and Park Ratheniska GAA club.

Ratheniska was selected in part due to its proximity to both the national telecommunications hub and the ESB training centre in Portlaoise. Participants in the trial will experience 1Gb/s connectivity deployed on the ESB’s existing overhead and underground infrastructure.

Siro is investing €450 million in building Ireland’s first 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network, offering 1Gb/s connectivity to 500,000 premises in 50 regional towns. The service, which will be built on the existing electrical network, will be made available on a wholesale basis to all telecoms retailers.

In a separate announcement, enet named Ardee as its third ‘fibre town’ following a €400,000 investment. The company’s fibre-to-the-business (FTTB) project will deliver 250Mb/s broadband to Ripplecom business customers in Ardee town centre.

Ardee is the third town to benefit from enet’s world class digital infrastructure, following both Claremorris and Loughrea. Activation of the fibre network in Kilkenny city is underway.

TechCentral Reporters

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