Vodafone and ESB unveil fibre broadband service for Cavan
Vodafone and the ESB have announced a fibre broadband service for Cavan, to be followed by other regional towns this year.
The service, which pipes fibre broadband into local homes and businesses, is expected to commence this Autumn.
"We will be delivering speeds of 1,000 megabits per second, which is in excess of anything you can get anywhere at present," said Sean Atkinson, chief executive of the new operator, which is yet to be named.
"We're going to be rolling out to 50 of the largest towns outside cities around the country in phase one. €450m has already been approved by Vodafone and the ESB for this project, which will reach 500,000 homes and businesses."
Mr Atkinson said that pricing for the service would be announced at a later date.
The service runs fibre broadband cabling along overhead and underground electricity lines.
The completion of the operator's first phase of 500,000 homes and businesses to be connected will happen by 2018, said Mr Atkinson.
After that, Mr Atkinson said that a further 300,000 homes and businesses will be targeted.
However, the fibre service is targeted at large towns and will not reach rural areas.
The service is a separate initiative to the state-subsidised National Broadband Plan, which promises fibre broadband to every part of rural Ireland.