DUBLIN -- eircom today announced an increase to its planned national fibre footprint from 1.2 million homes and businesses to 1.4 million homes and businesses across Ireland. This means that by July 2016, 70% of the country will have access to fibre broadband speeds of up to 100Mbs – a crucial development in making high speed broadband more widely available to many regions across Ireland.
eircom’s fibre rollout programme is currently ahead of schedule and the company is on track to pass 700,000 premises by the end of the year. Today’s announcement means that an additional 562 communities across all 26 counties will be able to avail of eircom’s superfast eFibre service.
This is a major extension of fibre broadband to a large number of provincial towns. A challenge remains to deliver high speed broadband to premises currently outside this planned extended fibre rollout, or those homes and businesses that are too distant from exchanges to be served. eircom welcomes the National Broadband Plan by Government, which intends to address the challenge of delivering high speed broadband service to all remaining premises.