1Gb ‘Fibre to the Home’ project launched by eircom

11 May 2015

Inside a fibre cable, via Shutterstock

A proposed solution to the impending National Broadband Plan was launched by eircom in Mayo today, where it showed off its new 1Gb Fibre to the Home (FTTH) offering that will use more than 90,000km of fibre optic cable.

Belcarra was the site of the launch, with eircom showing off its wares by live-linking the Balla Livestock Mart with the local community centre and a primary school.

The full launch will be in August, with up to 66 different communities set to enjoy speeds of up to 1Gb per second.

“The rollout of high-speed fibre broadband to rural Ireland is the modern equivalent to the electrification programme,” said eircom CEO Richard Moat.

“As a country, we have a once-off opportunity to build a future proofed high-speed broadband network to the benefit of hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses with the potential to revolutionise many aspects of rural life and reinvigorate rural communities.

“If successful in winning the National Broadband Plan tender, eircom will invest hundreds of millions of euro alongside the Government to roll out the best broadband technology available right across rural Ireland.”

Inside a fibre cable image, via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic