Eir reveals first 100,000 rural locations to get 1Gbps fibre broadband

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Eir will complete the first 100,000 out of 300,000 FTTH homes and businesses by March 2017

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Eir this morning revealed the first 100,000 premises in rural locations around Ireland that will get 1Gbps broadband speeds in the next 12 months. The company also revealed that it is creating 50 new apprentice roles to help facilitate the rollout.

Eir said this morning that, in the next 12 months, some 100,000 homes and businesses across 200 communities in all 26 counties will get 1Gbps broadband.

Last month, Eir CEO Richard Moat told Siliconrepublic.com that, overall, Eir is targeting 300,000 homes and businesses in broadband-deprived areas and that Eir will bring its overall broadband base to 1.9m premises by 2020.

In many of the new rural locations, Eir will bypass the cabinet and connect directly to the exchange using fibre to the home (FTTH) technologies that will deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps. In effect, some rural locations previously deprived of the minimum broadband speeds will soon have superior speeds to their urban counterparts.

‘We already provide the fastest broadband speeds in the country and we are now extending those speeds beyond the town’
– CAROLAN LENNON, OPEN EIR

Eir said this morning that by this time next year it will have reached 1.7m premises.

“We are the only provider with a truly national plan to connect rural communities across Ireland to high-speed broadband,” said Carolan Lennon, the managing director of Eir’s wholesale arm Open Eir.

“We already provide the fastest broadband speeds in the country and we are now extending those speeds beyond the town. Last June, we committed to extend the reach of our commercial rollout as far as possible. Our announcement today is testament to our ongoing support of the economic recovery and rejuvenation of rural Ireland using best-in-class technology.”

Eir to take on 50 new apprentices

Eir also revealed that it is to hire 50 new apprentices who will be trained with direct access to the new FTTH technology that Eir is rolling out in rural locations.

The structured two-year programme will provide on-the-job learning, one-to-one coaching and formal classroom training. Successful applicants will also receive a Level 6 FETAC Telecommunications Access Networks Technology Major Award. Eir will be working with Solas on the ongoing expansion of this programme – which is scheduled to continue in 2017, and beyond.

“The jobs will be based across Ireland and we have been very clear to date on our determination to support rural employment by hiring people from their local communities,” said Orla Coughlan, chief human resources officer at Eir.

“Successful applicants will be trained and taught a range of skills to help build and maintain our fibre network throughout the country.”

The first 100,000 locations in rural Ireland to get 1Gbps FTTH from Eir

Carlow: 690 premises

Tullow 130
Milford 560

Cavan: 1,950 premises

Virginia 750
Blacklion 320
Cavan 710

Clare: 1,330 premises

Cratloe 170
Lisdoonvarna 450
Carron 30
Inagh 250
Ennis 430

Cork: 5,440 premises

Cobh 420
Midleton 530
Youghal 330
Blarney 510
Carrigtwohill 460
Crosshaven 140
Ringaskiddy 160
Macroom West 130
Whitegate 840
Ballyclough 510
Kildorrery 660
Ballincollig 450
Carrigaline 300

Donegal: 14,240 premises

Donegal 980
Ballybofey 780
Dungloe 600
Ardara 480
Annagry 540
Bunbeg 1370
Burtonport 360
Carrigart 1070
Clonmany 840
Carrigans 170
Carrick 290
Dunfanaghy 600
Falcarragh 1240
Greencastle 450
Kincasslagh 340
Killybegs 580
Kilcar 380
Lifford 550
Muff 360
Narin 330
Quigleys Point 520
Fintown 210
Rossnowlagh 440
Letterkenny 760

Dublin: 3,630 premises

Ballyboden 250
Swords 490
Finglas 170
Rush 210
Skerries 170
Malahide 440
Portmarnock 300
Rathcoole 370
Shankill 100
Ballyboughal 580
Oldtown 230
Balbriggan 320

Galway: 12,900 premises

Oranmore 850
Athenry 800
Costello 370
Barna 240
Claregalway 1400
Kilcolgan 1150
Moycullen 800
Ballyconneely 340
Belclare 510
Cornamona 100
Carraroe 480
Craughwell 770
Inverin 690
Kinvara 780
Rosscahill 430
Spiddal 660
Turloughmore 830
Ballyglunin 1030
Castleblakney 350
Maree 320

Kerry: 8,010 premises

Killorglin 970
Killarney 820
Ballyspillane 400
Dingle 290
Anablaha 430
Glenbeigh 610
Lixnaw 500
Abbeydorney 620
Ardfert 670
Annascaul 510
Caragh lake 690
Headford (Kerry) 740
Tralee 760

Kildare: 4,200 premises

Celbridge 150
Newbridge 300
Maynooth 410
Robertstown 1110
Kill 90
Carragh 170
Curragh Camp 300
Carbury 470
Donadea 480
Straffan 520
Brannockstown 200

Kilkenny: 1,860 premises

Knocktopher 400
Mooncoin 500
Piltown 330
Kilkenny 630

Laois: 1,090 premises

Portarlington 260
Ballybrittas 290
Crettyard 540

Leitrim: 710 premises

Carrick-on-Shannon 330
Drumshanbo 380

Limerick: 4,130 premises

Dooradoyle 360
Crossagalla 150
Inch St. Lawrence 660
Clarina 480
Croom 400
Kildimo 260
Patrickswell 620
Castleconnell 290
Pallasgreen 910

Longford: 930 premises

Lanesboro 470
Longford 460

Louth: 7,570 premises

Ardee 680
Castlebellingham 540
Dunleer 1110
Termonfeckin 790
Carlingford 570
Hackballscross 460
Louth 530
Omeath 260
Ravensdale 820
Riverstown 1030
Drogheda 500
Dundalk 280

Mayo: 2,470 premises

Westport 820
Belcarra 340
Murrisk 210
Castlebar 1100

Meath: 7,410 premises

Ashbourne 470
Ceanannas Mor 590
Dunshaughlin 570
Trim 620
Ratoath 470
Kilcarn 280
Athboy 560
Enfield 650
Julianstown 550
Summerhill (Meath) 600
Wilkinstown 700
Dunderry 20
Kilbride 20
Robinstown 120
Tara 1190

Monaghan: 1,330 premises

Carrickmacross 870
Monaghan 460

Offaly: 1,560 premises

Tullamore 560
Edenderry 340
Rahan 300
Rhode 360

Roscommon: 2,040 premises

Cornafulla 360
Ballyfarnan 490
Croghan 340
Cootehall 350
Knockcroghery 500

Sligo: 2,940 premises

Strandhill 260
Sligo 1460
Castlegarren 1220

Tipperary: 2,070 premises

Nenagh 670
Tipperary 550
Cappawhite 220
Kilsheelin 320
Clonmel 310

Waterford: 3,190 premises

Ferrybank 480
Dungarvan 830
Kilmeaden 500
Aglish 390
Bonmahon 430
Loskeran 60
Ring 500

Westmeath: 3,410 premises

Athlone 730
Collinstown 480
Glasson 890
Horseleap 120
Rathowen 230
Mullingar 960

Wexford: 9,540 premises

Wellington Bridge 730
Courtown Harbour 870
Curracloe 530
Duncannon 420
Fethard On Sea 660
Killinick 420
Kilmuckridge 510
Kilmore Quay 180
Rosslare Strand 370
Rosslare Harbour 410
Tomhaggard 660
Broadway 930
Inch 1210
Wexford 640
Enniscorthy 1000

Wicklow: 2,160 premises

Newtownmountkennedy 250
Arklow 310
Blessington 350
Coolboy 220
Donard 200
Brittas bay bridge 440
Kilmacanogue 250
Greystones 140

Rural broadband image via Shutterstock

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