Faster broadband in North Cork than European capital cities

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

PARTS of North Cork now have faster broadband speeds than European capital cities, including Rome and Athens.

That was the boast from Eircom this week, which has announced that the Charleville area has become one of the latest in Cork to benefit from its high speed broadband investment programme.

The company has installed more than 13 kilometres of new fibre in the area - enabling more than 1,300 homes and businesses to access the most up to date broadband technology through a range of service providers.

The move is part of a multi-million investment under Eircom's 'Wholesale' scheme, which they say will allow customers to access broadband speeds of up to 100 mb/ps.

The company said they intend to roll out the high speed 'Open Access Network' service to more than 100,000 premises at 42 locations across Cork, including Ballyhooley and Castlelyons, by the end of next year.

Meanwhile, Mallow has been included in a joint venture by the ESB and Vodafone to invest €450 million in a 100% 'fibre-to-the-building' programme.

Welcoming the move, Research and Innovation minister Sean Sherlock said the initiative would offer speeds of up to 1,000 Mb/ps, propelling Ireland into the ranks of the world's fastest broadband countries.

The fibre will be deployed along the ESB's existing overhead and underground lines, making Ireland the first country in Europe to utilise existing electricity infrastructure for the provision of broadband.

"The programme will ensure fast and cost efficient roll-put to every Irish county, reversing the digital divide between the capital and regional towns, such as Mallow," said Mr Sherlock. "As well as making home working a real option for many people, it will also help regional areas to compete more effectively for investment and jobs," he added.

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