HOMES and businesses on the south side of Newcastle West will finally get high-speed broadband, according to the chairman of the Newcastle West Municipal District, Cllr Michael Collins.
All four technical cabinets enabling this will be commissioned as and from this Wednesday, Cllr Collins has been told.
“Up to now, people in Knockane, Cullinagh, on the Old Cork Road and along the main road were only getting between two and six megabytes (mb) as compared to up to 100mb in the town centre,” he said. “If you wanted to stream a film or games, you would need at least 15mb.”
Now, the affected households will get an average of 40/50mb, according to Cllr Collins.
“This is to be welcomed,” he continued. “It took a long time for the company involved to act but when we went after them, they did respond. With the support of the local authority, of the people of the town and of the media, it is a good result.”
Businesses will be among the first to benefit from improved broadband, the Newcastle West councillor said. And he cited one company which will now be able to connect all its different sections through an online network. Up to now, he said, that company would have had to use faxes.
The company eir, when contacted, did not confirm the commissioning date.
Meanwhile, broadband connectivity remains an issue in other towns and villages around West Limerick as well as in more rural areas.
According to the official figures, some 65,000 homes and businesses in Limerick are receiving high-speed broadband, out of a total of 97,222 postal addresses.
A story published in the Limerick Leader last month told of how in households in Glin which have been or are being connected by Eir, the actual speeds provided are not sufficiently high for business purposes.
However, communications specialist with Eir, Aoife Casey told the Limerick Leader at the time: “In Glin, there are 400 premises that can access speeds of up to 100Mb/s today.