Skibbereen and Kinsale next to benefit from high-speed broadband investment programme


Posted on: 6th August, 2014

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

High-speed fibre broadband is now available in Skibbereen as part of Eircom Wholesale’s €400 million investment programme to upgrade its Open Access Network for 1.4 million urban homes and businesses nationwide by 2016. As the name suggests, cables being laid can be accessed by all broadband providers, including Eircom, Vodafone and O2, so all users will benefit.

Three kms of new fibre have been laid in Skibbereen, bringing speeds of up to 100 Mb/s to 1,320 premises in the town. The new network in Kinsale will go live later this month, while Castletownbere, Kealkill and Schull are scheduled for the very near future in this ongoing investment scheme. Bantry and Clonakilty should have the Open Access Network installed by the end of 2014.

While the Open Access Network is a fantastic development, it will not be available for anyone living more that approx. 2km outside larger towns and villages in West Cork. The government is committed however to bringing high-speed broadband to all parts of the country and will invite tenders for the National Broadband Scheme next year; however it will be several years before the scheme will bear fruit for rural dwellers.

Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, Eircom Wholesale, the business division of Eircom responsible for delivering the nationwide Open Access Network upgrade said: “We know from towns already live on the network that the availability of high-speed broadband is crucial for local businesses which want to transact online, for schools to transform the teaching and learning experience for students in the classroom and at home, to facilitate greater home working and a much broader range of entertainment options through new video on-demand and online TV services.”

For more information on high-speed broadband services please contact your local telecoms operator or visit

Latest News Articles:

Global Shares to create 80 new jobs
Ford 100 Fest on Ford family farm to mark 100 years of Ford in Ireland
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival launches delectable programme
Healing with a harp
Plan the perfect wedding day at the Fota Island Resort Wedding Forum
Clutching at straws for Coalition
Lee’s and Nils: West Cork clubs in the city
The walk of a lifetime
West Cork farmers take gold at National Farmer of the Year Awards
Shining success for Union Hall Centra store at 2017 Quality Awards

Join us on Facebook

This year Wild Atlantic Tag sponsored by Marine Harvest will take place in Adrigole on Saturday August 5th. All are welcome, whether you are a team entry or an individual looking to join a team. The teams will be divided into two sections, Social & Seriously Social! Please contact Sean (0879568363) or Joey (0879865827) to register. It promises to be great craic with plenty of refreshments available pre and post-match! Fantastic local musician Eoghan McEllhenny will entertain the rugby masses from 4.30pm followed by Peadar O’Callaghan and renowned Natural Gas will round off the night from 9.30pm! ... See MoreSee Less

14th July, 2017  ·  

A woodland walk will take place on the 22nd June at 7pm in Glengarriff Nature Reserve. This is a great opportunity to learn about woodlands, their plants and wildlife and is an opportunity not to be missed. Glengarriff Nature Reserve was designated as a Nature reserve in 1991, and covers over 300 acres in size. It is a beautiful and unique woodlands containing many different habitats and is owned and managed by NPWS primarily for conservation and amenity purposes. The event is led by National Parks Ranger Clare Heardman and has been organised by Cork Nature Network For further information please contact ... See MoreSee Less

19th June, 2017  ·  

Union Hall lifeboat Station are looking for a volunteer lifeboat training coordinator. See poster for details. ... See MoreSee Less

13th June, 2017  ·  

Jump to: