SiliconRepublic reports that Ireland’s telecoms regulator ComReg has reverted back the original target date of 20 May for the launch of wholesale next generation access (NGA) broadband services, from 8 April, amid industry concerns over the interoperability of the product with other operators’ networks and ongoing product testing. To the dismay of Eircom, the watchdog has said that the incumbent must wait until May before launching its wholesale NGA offer; the carrier is currently deploying fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) to enable 1.2 million homes and businesses to get maximum 70Mbps broadband by 2014. Eircom, whose first NGA services are scheduled to go live within weeks, says it believed it had met with ‘all the reasonable requirements to ensure no operator would be at a competitive disadvantage in the retail market’.
In a separate story, Eircom has said it intends to roll out Wi-Fi at 70 rail and DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) stations in the country, over the next few months. The deployment will increase the number of public Wi-Fi hotpsots in Ireland to 1,800. To date, a total of 58 rail stations and twelve DART stations have already been covered, including stations in Heuston, Connolly, Cork, Limerick and Limerick Junction.