Sunday 20 January 2019

Virgin eyes new broadband expansion into regional towns

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Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Virgin Media is eyeing high-speed broadband expansion that could take it to almost a million Irish homes over the next three years.

Executives at the firm - which mostly operates in cities - told the Irish Independent they want to extend its network into regional towns.

It is also predicting a doubling of broadband speeds on its network to around 1,000Mbs within the next four years, which make it competitive with new fibre networks being planned by rival firms.

However, Virgin says it will not co-operate with other broadband firms in renting out its own network or offering retail competition on the networks of other operators.

The move comes as Communications Minister Denis Naughten rejected a Fianna Fáil motion seeking a review of the contract process for the National Broadband Plan, saying it would lead to further delays to the process.

Mr Naughten said he was satisfied Enet, the only bidder still in the running for the government tender, was capable of supplying high-speed broadband to more than 500,000 homes across the country.

Irish Independent

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