eircom to roll out fibre network in Limerick

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

HIgh speed internet access is to become more widely available in Limerick after eircom group announced plans to extend its high-speed fibre network across the city between now and the end of the year.

HIgh speed internet access is to become more widely available in Limerick after eircom group announced plans to extend its high-speed fibre network across the city between now and the end of the year.

The high-tech fibre network will give eircom customers access to faster broadband connections than are presently available.

Phase 1 one of the national rollout is nearing completion and the former state-owned telecoms company has confirmed Limerick city will be included in phase 2 of the multi-million euro roll-out.

Other areas to be included in phase 2 are Ennis, Ballina and parts of Dublin and Cork.

Announcing the plans, a spokesperson for eircom said work will begin later in the summer and will continue until the end of the year.

The upgraded infrastructure will largely use fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology, but some direct fibre to the home (FTTH) will be used in certain areas.

It is unclear if the recent decision to place the company in examinership will have any impact on the roll-out.

However, Paul Donovan, CEO eircom group, says he is committed to the project.

“We have committed to providing one million homes and business with fibre in the next three years. This announcement underlines our desire to remain focused on our strategic aim to provide fibre based broadband services for Ireland. By the end of the year more than 250,000 premises will be able to avail of new services on offer,” he said.

The roll-out of eircom’s fibre network across Limerick will be a welcome boost to homeowners and businesses who require high-speed broadband access.

eircom says once the roll-out in complete, its customers will be able to avail of broadband speeds in excess of 40mbps.