Planned ultra broadband service will be 'future proof'
A NEW 'ultra broadband' service is to be launched in Dublin, with speeds of up to 1,000 megabits-per-second (Mbs) offered to residents in some of the capital's neighbourhoods.
The service, which could be a sign of things to come from broadband providers, will give users the ability to download high definition movies in seconds or work from home in the most demanding industries.
The service, launched by Magnet Networks, will target three areas in Dublin for the fibre broadband technology. Sandyford, Stillorgan and north Dublin's Belmayne are first on the list, according to the firm's networks manager, Darren O'Donohoe.
"The service we're offering will give customers up to 1,000 megabits per second," said Mr O'Donohoe.
"It will be the fastest consumer broadband offering in Europe. You can download a full high definition movie in seven seconds."
Mr O'Donohoe said that Magnet has over 3,000 customers using its next-generation fibre broadband services.
However. he declined to say what the minimum guaranteed speed would be but said that "typical" speeds would be over 300Mbs per second.
At present, UPC's fastest broadband service is 200Mbs while Eircom's fastest speed is "up to" 100Mbs.
A 1,000Mbs service is capable of downloading an entire television series in under a minute, compared to an hour over a mass-market Eircom high-speed connection. 1,000Mbs is also regarded by industry analysts as a future-proof speed, allowing businesses to operate cloud services without any lag or delay times.