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Monday 23 October 2017

Eircom e-fibre broadband reaches one million

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EIRCOM'S €400m investment to roll out its e-fibre broadband network across the country has reached the one million mark in terms of the number of homes and businesses it can now serve.

The millionth premises reached by the fibre is in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.

Almost half the country is now covered by the network.

At an event to mark the milestone, Communications Minister Alex White said the Government will intervene in the broadband market to ensure that rural areas have high-quality internet access.

The intervention would involve a "substantial network build-out" designed to carry higher broadband speeds as the demand for bandwidth increases, he said.

That will extend to any county identified as having no existing or planned high-speed network access.

He welcomed the Eircom roll out.

"In less than two years, a million homes have been passed with a new high-speed broadband service. This is a considerable achievement.

"Eircom's network reaches into almost every home and business in the country. Its investment in next generation broadband is therefore critically important, particularly in rural Ireland, where few alternatives currently exist," Mr White said.

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