A joint venture agreement will see the building of a 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network offering speeds from 200 Mbps to 1000 Mbps to the towns of Celbridge, Leixlip, Maynooth, Kilcock, Naas, Johnstown and Sallins in county Kildare, writes Henry Bauress
The ESB/Vodafone agreement will transform the internet access, said Kildare North TD, Emmet Stagg,
Comreg figures indicate that 43% of fixed broadband customers in Ireland receive speeds of less than 10 Mbps.
The roll out of the new network should commence in the coming months following European Commission approval, with the first customers able to avail of 100% Broadband from the start of 2015. The roll out throughout the Country is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
ESB and Vodafone are to invest over €450 million in the new fibre broadband network they say will bring broadband speeds of between 200 to 1000 Mbps to an initial 50 towns.
The deal will see ESB’s lines and masts being used to transport fibre cables and will reach about 500,000 homes and business as part of the first phase.
ICSA Rural Development Chairman Billy Gray said all rural areas needed high speed broadband.