Eir’s gigabit fibre network now available to 800,000 premises in IrelandLeigh Mc Gowranon April 25, 2022 at 10:06 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


Eir has announced today (25 April) that more than 800,000 homes and businesses across Ireland now have access to its gigabit fibre network.

As part of a €1bn five-year capital investment programme launched in 2018, Eir planned to invest €500m in a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network expansion in Ireland.

The telco said its expansion work has continued at pace during the pandemic, with 400,000 homes added during that time. By last April, Eir said its gigabit fibre network was available in 79 towns and villages. The company announced plans to add a further 200,000 premises to the network last August.

Eir said that by 2026, it expects 1.9m or 84pc of premises in the country to be connected to its gigabit fibre network.

“Our purpose is to connect for a better Ireland, and we do this by building world class fibre networks for the people of Ireland”, Open Eir Wholesale managing director Eavann Murphy said.

“Gigabit connectivity is enabling a truly connected country, opening up opportunities for people to live, work and connect wherever they choose in Ireland, and I am very proud that we are building this wholesale fibre network for all of Ireland,” Murphy added.

Eir said that thanks to its network, combined with the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), Ireland is on track to become one of the most fibre connected countries in the world.

The multibillion-euro NBP aims to connect more than 1.1m people across 544,000 homes, businesses, farms and schools in Ireland. The first premises was connected to the network at the start of 2021, but the roll-out has faced delays.

A report by the Committee of Public Accounts published earlier this month was critical of National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering the network on behalf of the Irish Government, for missing contractual deadlines and said the NBP “does not represent value for money to the taxpayer”.

Meanwhile, Eir has been expanding its 5G network. The telco announced this month that its 5G roaming is now available for customers travelling in 34 countries around the world, including the UK.

report last month by network intelligence company Ookla said Eir is the “clear winner” in 5G availability in Ireland compared to other providers.

Last October, the telecoms provider said it hit a “significant milestone” by making its 5G network available to more than 70pc of people in Ireland across 336 towns and cities. Ookla said Eir increased this number to 430 towns and cities during the last quarter of 2021.

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