UPC Ireland, the parent company of cable operator Chorus, is to roll out broadband to an additional 10,000 homes in Limerick by the end of 2006.
The acceleration in the company’s rollout will see 35,000 homes enabled for broadband in Limerick by 2007.
From mid 2007 the company will commence rollout of its multiplay service by providing digital cable telephony.
UPC recently released broadband into Rathmore, Churchill Meadows, Dooradoyle Road and The Grange. This month the company is rolling out broadband to the following estates: Avonmore Road, Gouldavoher, St Mary’s Terrace and Castlewell. From November customers in Prospect Hill, Childers Rd and Collins Ave will receive broadband. In December, customers living in Derravagh Road, North Circular Road and Old Cratloe Road will also be able to enjoy the benefits of broadband.
The UPC package provides an always-on service at a standard monthly price without the need of a phone line.
UPC announced that as a result of its ongoing investment in national and local networks, it has broadband enabled more than 240,000 homes in Ireland as of 30 June, a growth rate of over 50pc over the same period last year.
Mark Coan, marketing and sales director of UPC Ireland, said: “We’re delighted that our broadband expansion programme is accelerating to reach more homes in Limerick. This in turn will boost broadband in the area and pass on the many benefits of broadband to thousands of homes and customers in Limerick
The services available from UPC are: Cablenet Broadband Value (1MB download, €19.99); Cablenet Broadband Starter (2MB, €24.99); Cablenet Broadband (3MB, €29.99); and Cablenet Broadband Plus (6MB, €39.99).
By Niall Byrne