- eircom Group, last week announced that it will start offering 1Gbps connectivity in 66 communities across the country on its ‘end to end’ fibre connections through the use of fibre to the home (FTTH) technology.
- Eircom's rival Vodafone has last week announced that its joint venture with Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Ireland's premier electricity utility company has received approval from the European Commission (EC) to deliver an open access fibre-to-the-building broadband network in Ireland.
According to a statement by eircom, the rollout will commence next month on the first three locations - Cavan Town, Kilkenny City and Letterkenny Town and is expected to complete in next six months. The planned footprint includes areas of all five major cities, major regional centres and every county town in Ireland. The service provider has also started conducting trials on FTTH to serve rural Ireland, covering Belcarra, Mayo and will launch in early 2015. eircom has already trialled and deployed FTTH technology in both urban and suburban environments in Wexford Town and Sandyford, Co Dublin.