Ireland’s former monopoly fixed line operator eircom has started work on its EUR1 billion (USD1.32 billion) fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) network upgrade, signing a EUR10 million three-year deal with German firms Siemens and ADVA Optical Networking. The contract follows a tender process designed to boost the incumbent’s national network capacity, writes siliconrepublic.com. eircom says the investment in its next generation network (NGN) will help it to realise broadband speeds of up to 25Mbps. It hopes to launch new services such as internet protocol television (IPTV) and video-on-demand (VoD), which it sees as a key component of the country’s future telecoms landscape.
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