Eircom new NGN Ethernet boosts wholesale speeds to 1Gbps

25 Aug 2010

Eircom’s Wholesale division has expanded the speed and range of services on offer to alternative telecom operators in a move that leverages its €100m next generation network investment in 500 urban and rural exchanges.

Eircom said that its new NGN Ethernetwill allow telecom operators to create exciting new products to satisfy the growing demand among Irish enterprises for extremely high bandwidth.

A full coverage map for the new service is available at www.nextgenerationethernet.com

For Irish businesses outside metropolitan areas, NGN Ethernet marks a major step-change in the bandwidth available to them. Regions which can now access 1Gbps fibre services include Youghal, Mullingar, Enniscorthy, Drogheda and Kilkenny, and dozens of other provincial towns.

Services like mobile broadband, videoconferencing, high-quality voice over IP, next generation cloud computing and bandwidth-intensive imaging applications are perfectly suited to NGN Ethernet, which is available at a range of speeds, from a minimum of 10 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.

NGN Ethernet

“NGN Ethernet delivers the data product our wholesale customers have been asking for, not just in terms of speed and capacity, but also in terms of reach and cost,” John McKeon, managing director, Eircom Wholesale explained.

“We can directly serve over 500 exchanges across metropolitan, suburban and rural Ireland from today. This number will rise as the rollout progresses into 2011..

“We’ve repeatedly said that the eircom network infrastructure is open for business to all Operators and we’re delighted that our €100 million euro investment in eircom’s new NGN core can now benefit bandwidth-hungry enterprises all over Ireland. NGN Ethernet, coupled with our NGN Wholesale Broadband service which we launched in March for the home user market, are two very significant and important steps for the Eircom Wholesale division,” McKeon said.

TheNGN Wholesale Ethernet launch follows the announcement of open access Fibre to the Home (FTTH) trials in Sandyford and Wexford Town and an investment by Eircom of more than €1bn over a three year period in network infrastructure, including the construction of the Next Generation Network.

McKeon said the high capacity, all IP core network is a key foundation for Ireland’s future economic growth, providing greater downloading capacity in anticipation of the continued demand for high-bandwidth services.

He said that Eircom Retail customers will also benefit from today’s announcement as an equivalent set of product offers to the wholelsale offering will be available to them.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years