21 additional locations in Clare are set to have access to speeds of up to 1Gb/s ‘end to end’ fibre to the home (FTTH) technology courtesy of a major regional investment by eircom.
The homes and businesses to be served by this investment are largely ribbon style developments across rural Ireland in communities including Behagh (New Quay), Ballyvaughan, Craggagh (Fanore), Caher, Carron, Doonaha (Loop Head), Inagh, Knock, Kildysart, Kilkishen, Kilkee, Kilmaley, Kilmihil, Kineilty Cross (Liscannor), Lissycasey, Labasheeda, Ogonnelloe, Ruan, Rahy/Cross, Tiermaclane and Whitegate.
Behagh, Ballyvaughan, Craggagh, Caher, Carron, Doonaha, Inagh, Knock, Kildysart, Kilkishen, Kilkee, Kilmaley, Kilmihil, Kineilty Cross, Lissycasey, Labasheeda, Ogonnelloe, Ruan, Rahey Cross, Tiermaclane and Whitegate will benefit from this world class technology via 1,152 kilometres of fibre.
The expansion will bring to 1.9 million the number of premises with access to high speed connectivity through Eircom’s network by 2020.
The Clare locations already able to benefit from the high speed service include Ennis, Ballymacahill Cross, Clarecastle, Rockmount, Shannon Airport, Shannon town, Whitepark Cappahard and Killaloe. A number of other locations throughout the county are expected to benefit from the service in the coming year, including Mullagh, Corofin, Lisdoonvarna, Kilfenora, Lahinch, Ennistymon, Inagh, Miltown Malbay, Doonbeg, Cooraclare, Quin, Feakle, Tulla, Scarriff, Broadford, Clonlara, O’Briensbridge, Bridgetown, Crusheen, Ballyalla, Newmarket on Fergus and Bunratty.
Clare Deputy Pat Breen T.D. has welcomed eircom’s announcement. “Making the economic recovery a reality for people in all parts of the country, including here in Clare is a key objective for Government,” he said.
“Lack of broadband has been a long standing issue in rural Ireland and one that had not been addressed by previous Governments. Initial commercial plans to provide high-speed access to one million homes by 2015 have now expanded into a commitment to provide access to 1.6 million homes by the end of 2016, and 1.9 million homes by 2020.
“Eircom’s announcement means the element of the National Broadband Plan that requires State intervention is likely to reduce significantly,” added Deputy Breen.
Commenting Richard Moat, CEO eircom said “No other operator in Ireland is investing as extensively in fibre broadband. This is a critical development as we build a future proofed network using a best in class technology to deliver the highest broadband speeds to many rural communities right across Ireland.”