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 www.fibrerollout.ie.