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Sunday 21 September 2014

Broadband upgrade on way

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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LOCAL politicians have welcomed the announcement of a joint investment by the ESB and Vodafone to upgrade broadband speeds in towns around the country, including Dundalk and Drogheda.

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'As a result of this major investment plan announced by the ESB and Vodafone, homes and businesses in Dundalk and Drogheda will be able to access high speed broadband. This will help to both attract new investment and sustain existing businesses, as well as improving the quality of broadband available in people's homes,' said Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick.

'Upgrading our broadband network is crucial to our economic recovery,' he said.

The initial phase of this plan will involve a fibre build out to over 1,100 villages across Ireland.

Senator Mary Moran also welcomed the announcement by the ESB and Vodafone that they have signed a joint venture agreement which will see them investing €450million in providing 100% fibre Broadband Network across Ireland.

'I am delighted that both Dundalk and Drogheda have been included in the first phase of the project,' she said.

The new network, subject to European Commission approval, will begin roll-out in the coming months, with the first customers availing of 100% fibre broadband from the start of 2015.

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