Eircom embarks on first stage of €1bn upgrade


29 Nov 200642 Views

Incumbent operator Eircom has kicked off its €1bn fibre-to-the-kerb network upgrade with a €10m three-year contract signed with Siemens and ADVA optical networks.

The €10m contract follows an international tendering process aimed at boosting the capacity on Eircom’s existing national network.

“This announcement marks the first step on the road to [Eircom’s] next-generation network (NGN),” commented Eircom chief executive Rex Comb.

“The telecoms environment is becoming increasingly competitive and complex and enhanced customer service is key.

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“Eircom’s continued investment will essentially transform the communications services that we offer to customers in Ireland,” Comb said.

Eircom said that the early-stage investment towards its NGN will result in broadband speeds and services of up to 25MB per second.

As a result new services like IPTV (internet protocol television) and video on demand will become a prevailing competitive feature of Ireland’s telecoms landscape.

By John Kennedy