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Eircom to invest €100m into broadband network

The company also plans to launch a television service that customers can access through their broadband connection.

Image: Jonel Hanopol via Creative Commons

EIRCOM HAS REVEALED plans to invest more than €100 million in its broadband network, which could deliver speeds of up to 150Mbps.

The company said that it also plans to launch a television service that customers can access through their broadband connection.

Eircom says that the move will significantly upgrade Ireland’s telecommunications infrastructure and that, as part of a multi-year plan, it will extend fibre to 1000,000 premises by next summer and eventually deliver high-speed broadband to one million homes and businesses.

Eircom will invest €100 million in upgrading the existing copper network with two types of  technology – FTTC (supporting speeds of up to 40 Mbps) and FTTH (supporting speeds of up to 150Mbps).

It will then extend a range of entertainment services over the fibre, such as Internet Protocol television (IPTV), video on demand, catch up TV and social media via TV.

Recently, Ireland made the top ten for global broadband speed in a quarterly review carried out by Akamai, the content delivery network. Coming in at number ten, Ireland beat out the likes of the UK and the US, while South Korea secured the top spot, followed by Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands and Romania.

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