Broadband upgrade on the way
Published 12/07/2014 | 00:00
BROADBAND customers in Wexford, Enniscorthy, and Gorey, will soon be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing their high speed broadband provider.
ESB and Vodafone last week announced a joint venture which will see high speed broadband rolled out to 50 towns around the country, including the three aforementioned towns in Co. Wexford.
These towns have already seen eircom install its own high speed eFibre network.
The joint ESB and Vodafone venture will see the electricity overground and underground network used to carry the fibre.
Fine Gael Senator Michael D'Arcy said that homes and businesses in Gorey, Enniscorthy and Wexford will benefit as a result of the €450 million investment.
'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,' he said.
He said that in May, the Government announced an implementation strategy to deliver State-led broadband investment in rural areas under the National Broadband Plan. The initial phase of this plan will involve a fibre build out to over 1,100 villages. 'The deployment of fibre will be as close as possible to strategic locations such as schools, business hubs, health facilities and Garda Stations,' he said.
'The State is doing its part to upgrade the broadband network, and it is very positive that the private sector is also setting up to the mark, as evidenced in the announcement by the ESB and Vodafone,' he added. 'Improving broadband access in rural Ireland will help ensure that our economic recovery is being felt in every town and village across the country.'
In a statement on its website in response to the ESB Vodafone announcement, eircom said it remains 'fully committed' on the delivery of its €400m investment to provide fibre broadband services to 1.4 million homes and business, across 860 communities.
ESB and Vodafone said that its 100 per cent fibre-to-the-building broadband network will offer speeds from 200 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps, propelling Ireland into the ranks of the world's fastest broadband countries.
Subject to European Commission approval, the 50:50 joint venture 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.