UPC is to introduce a residential broadband product with speeds of 12Mbps.
Chorus and NTL customers will be able to avail of the service from next month. It will cost €40 a month and the new speeds will be rolled out to over 408,000 broadband-enabled homes across Dublin, Galway, Waterford, Limerick, Cork and all other cable broadband-enabled towns.
The 12Mbps service will have a download allowance of 120GB. All Chorus NTL broadband products include up to 15 email addresses with 50MB of mailbox storage and 300MB of webspace.
“The broadband debate in Ireland is now shifting from just being around broadband availability to also include broadband quality,” said Ronan Gallagher, product manager of UPC. “Cable will continue to deliver real broadband speeds that support how consumers use the internet today and into the future.
“With our continuing network upgrade we will expand the availability of these amazing speeds to well over half a million Irish homes by the end of the year,” he added.
In UPC’s latest quarterly results the company reported having over 80,000 broadband customers, making it Eircom’s closest competitor.
The speed changes will be introduced to new customers from April 2008. Existing consumers will automatically be upgraded to these new speeds from June onwards at no extra cost.
By Niall Byrne