Digiweb boosts broadband to 4Mbps


30 Mar 2005

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Not to be outdone by recent increases in DSL services to 2Mbps, Digiweb has revealed that all new and existing residential and business DSL customers will see their broadband download speeds increased — in some cases to 4Mbps.

The company said that the increase will bring download speeds broadly in line with European and global standards.

Under the changes Digiweb customers currently on the 512Kbps product will be increased to at least 1Mbps, while some services will be increased by up to 4Mbps.

Commenting on the increases Digiweb’s managing director Colm Piercy said: “This is part of a range of new products and product enhancements that Digiweb will be bringing to the Irish marketplace over the coming months.

“Continuing throughout 2005 we will redefine broadband in Ireland and what it means to both the residential and business communities, it is a very exciting time at Digiweb and for Ireland’s information society,” Piercy said.

Digiweb has set itself the objective of deploying 100pc broadband coverage across Ireland through a fusion of fixed, wireless and satellite broadband services. Last September, the company revealed that it is constructing Ireland’s first WiMax-ready network with plans to cover 50pc of the country by early 2005.

WiMax, which is capable of sending data over a range of 30 miles with data transfer speeds of up to 70Mbps, is currently among the new technologies being evaluated by the Forward Looking Programme of the Commission for Communications Regulation. The technology is being viewed as a potential solution to Ireland’s continuing broadband woes and as a mechanism for bypassing the country’s decaying PSTN network.

By John Kennedy