Wednesday 28 September 2016

High-speed broadband network to reach 70pc by end of June - Eir

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

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High-speed fibre broadband will be rolled out to 70pc of homes and businesses by the end of June, the chief executive of Eir has said.

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At the Ibec CEO conference at the RDS in Dubin, Richard Moat said that currently 1.4m premises had access, and that would increase to 1.6 m by the end of June.

"We're going to be at 1.6 million … by the end of June. That's not many weeks away. And that's 70pc of all homes and businesses in Ireland. And then we're going to move on to 1.9million, which will be 80pc, not long after," Mr Moat said.

Earlier this year, the company said that it will connect 100,000 homes and businesses in rural and regional locations across all 26 counties over the next 12 months. It said that the service will be a fibre broadband product that delivers 1Gbs, equivalent to 1,000Mbs.

Also at the conference, former Tony Blair spin-doctor Alastair Campbell said Irish business people need to influence their contacts and associates in the UK to help swing the vote on June 23 and persuade voters to remain in the EU.

"Get on the blower, get on the social media networks, get involved, text and phone and email the people upon who your business depends," he said.

"Don't think that it won't make a difference."

Later in the event, Donal O'Brien of Aramark, said he is concerned about the issue of wage demands.

Mr O'Brien said it is "imperative" that Ireland remains competetive.

He said governments in Europe were addicted to taxation, but he questioned the effect of personal taxation in restricting the economy.

It came after Ibec chief Danny McCoy said the Irish economy is moving into a period of greater industrial discord with pay claims that in many cases go far beyond what is reasonable.

Irish Independent

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