Vodafone Ireland is launching a new ‘LightSpeed’ fibre-based broadband service from today, thus enabling consumers in Carrigaline to access download speeds of up to 1Gbps, reports the Irish Times. In a joint venture with electricity supplier ESB, Vodafone will utilise EUR450 million of Siro infrastructure to connect 51 urban areas to the high speed service, with the town of Carrigaline, ten miles from Cork city, becoming the first to be connected. The operator’s new broadband plans will offer speeds up to ten times faster than those provided by incumbent eir, with costs for LightSpeed bundles starting from EUR49 (USD51.9) per month, rising to a monthly EUR111 for the 1Gbps plan, and increasing to EUR129 per month for a business package. Going forward, Dundalk and Sligo are mooted to be next in line for the LightSpeed home broadband offering.
As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in October 2014 the European Commission (EC) approved the fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) investment agreement signed in July 2014 between Vodafone Group and ESB. The pair will deploy fibre infrastructure alongside ESB’s nationwide electricity network to offer broadband internet connectivity to some 500,000 homes and businesses in 51 towns and cities across the country, delivering download speeds ranging from 200Mbps to 1Gbps.