Fixed broadband provider Eircom has successfully trialled 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in the rural community of Belcarra in County Mayo, ahead of its planned commercial launch of FTTH services in 19 locations across Ireland in August 2015. The move comes at a time when Eircom is competing to win the government’s upcoming National Broadband Plan tender, which seeks to deliver broadband access throughout the country and provide speeds of at least 30Mbps to rural areas, with Eircom claiming that, if successful, it will invest ‘hundreds of millions of euros’, alongside the government. Eircom CEO Richard Moat commented: ‘The rollout of high speed fibre broadband to rural Ireland is the modern equivalent to the electrification programme. As a country, we have a one-off opportunity to build a future-proofed high speed broadband network … with the potential to revolutionise many aspects of rural life.’
Eircom commenced work on the FTTH rollout in November last year, and ultimately plans to provide fibre connectivity to 66 communities, via the deployment of more than 90,000km of optical fibre.