eir announced the launch of its fixed network investment programme, which will cost more than half a billion euro over five years and pass an additional 1.4 million premises with an FTTH network capable of speeds up to 10 Gbps.
"Ireland's Fibre Network", the next step in the evolution of eir's network and the expansion of the telecoms infrastructure of Ireland, will pass 180 towns and cities, including every town in the country with more than 1,000 premises. The complete list of exchange areas covered is below.
The investment will follow the completion in June this year of eir's FTTH roll-out to 335,000 rural premises, at a cost of €250 million to eir and with no public subsidy. By June this year, eir will have invested more than €600m in fibre broadband, delivering high-speed fibre broadband to more than 80% of the premises in Ireland or 1.9 million homes and businesses across the country.
This is the next stage in eir's ambitious €1bn investment programme, with a €150 million investment programme in its mobile network already underway, allowing eir to deliver 4G voice and data coverage across more than 99% of Ireland within two years, on the most expansive 4G mobile network in the world. The investment will also see the roll out of 5G services in 2019, delivering the most technologically advanced mobile data services across Ireland's cities.