Sunday 18 August 2019

Vodafone super-fast broadband goes live

Photo: PA
Photo: PA

Paul O'Donoghue

Vodafone has officially launched its new high-speed fibre broadband offering, which it claims is up to 40 times faster than traditional broadband packages.

The new 'LightSpeed Broadband' range of broadband packages will officially launch today in Carrigaline, Co Cork. The Cork settlement is the first of 51 towns across Ireland to receive access to SIRO, a fibre network joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone that will run fibre along the ESB's power lines.

The new packages will have speeds ranging from 350 megabits per second (mbps) to one gigabit per second and will be available to both residential and business customers. Mbps is used to measure data transfer speeds. One megabit is roughly one eighth the size of a megabyte.

Data released by communications watchdog Comreg in September showed that during the second quarter of the year just over half of all fixed broadband subscriptions were providing speeds of over 30Mbps. Traditional copper broadband, which was widely used in Ireland, averages speeds up to 24 mbps. The new packages are around ten times the top speed of Eir's current 'eFibre' service, although the Irish telecomms company is working on its own super-fast offering.

Price bundles will start at €40 per month for the first six months and will go up to as much as €129 per month, including VAT, depending on the package. The offering is set to be rolled out to an additional 50 towns across the country over the next number of years.

Head of Consumer Fixed at Vodafone Ireland Ciaran Barrett said: "We see this new retail product transforming the broadband experience for Irish customers and enabling families, or businesses, to work and play more efficiently."

Irish Independent

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