Monday 26 February 2018

Eircom to launch new 'pure' broadband with speeds of up to 1,000Mbs

Eircom chief executive Richard Moat pictured in Eircom's headquarters in Dublin. Picture: Damien Eagers.
Eircom chief executive Richard Moat pictured in Eircom's headquarters in Dublin. Picture: Damien Eagers.
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Eircom will launch new ‘pure’ fibre broadband services with speeds of 150Mbs, 300Mbs and 1,000Mbs in August, according to its chief executive.

The new services will be part of a new ‘fibre-to-the-home’ package that is currently being built in 16 towns around Ireland and is planned for 66 towns around the country. The first towns to get the service will include Kilkenny, Sligo, Letterkenny and Cavan.

Under its plan, Eircom will offer three different services of 150Mbs, 300Mbs and 1,000Mbs each. While it has not yet said how much they will cost, the services will be available to other operators for resale for between €20 and €35 per month.

“The trial we’ve had in Belcarra in County Mayo has been very successful,” said Eircom chief executive Richard Moat. “We’re going to go to 66 towns with this product.”

The move is part of a bid to compete with Vodafone and the ESB, which are expected to launch 1,000Mbs fibre broadband services in a number of Irish towns later this year.

At present, Eircom’s ‘eFibre’ broadband services can reach a maximum of 100Mbs. However these services are delivered partly over copper phone lines between a house and a nearby phone cabinet. The company’s new fibre services will be piped directly from the network into the home using a fibre connection.

Eircom’s fibre-to-the-home move comes as UPC recently increased its top home broadband speed to 240Mbs.

Mr Moat said that 1.1m homes in the country can now access its eFibre service and that it now has over 200,000 customers using an eFibre package.

Ireland recently moved up the international broadband league for the fastest average speeds. However, 700,000 rural homes and businesses remain outside fibre rollout areas and are not expected to be upgraded until the government rolls out its state-subsidised fibre broadband in two years.

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