Broadband speeds set to increase

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

FOUR towns across Wicklow will soon have access to better broadband thanks to a joint ventured between ESB and Vodafone.

Arklow, Bray, Greystones and Wicklow will all see increased broadband speeds following the deal which sees both companies invest €450 million fibre broadband.

The new 100 percent fibre-to-the-building broadband network will offer speeds from 200 Mbps to 1000 Mbps, propelling Ireland into the ranks of the world's fastest broadband countries. Ireland will also become the first country in Europe to utilise existing electricity infrastructure on a nationwide basis to deploy fibre directly into homes and businesses, initially reaching 500,000 premises in 50 towns including the four in County Wicklow.

The fibre will be deployed on ESB's existing overhead and underground infrastructure, ensuring a fast and cost efficient roll-out to every county in Ireland and reversing the digital divide between the capital and regional towns.

Subject to European Commission approval, the 50:50 joint ventures will begin rolling-out the new network across Ireland in the coming months, with the first customers able to avail of 100 per cent fibre broadband from the start of 2015. The initial phase of the project is expected to be fully rolled-out by the end of 2018, with scope for a second phase under the joint venture.

While the ESB and Vodafone will build and manage the network, open access will be offered to all telecoms operators in Ireland on a wholesale basis. This means that other operators can resell the fibre product to their customers, helping to stimulate the development of new services and boosting retail competition in the broadband market for all Irish consumers and businesses.

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