Eircom Announce Investment In High-Speed Broadband For Rural Kerry

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EircomRURAL areas in rural areas around Tralee and all over Kerry are to get greater broadband services announced Eircom today.

Minister Jimmy Deenihan has welcomed Eircom’s announcement that they are to significantly expand access to high speed fibre broadband in rural Ireland benefiting a number of areas in Kerry.

In Kerry, broadband will be expanded to Annascaul, Asdee, Ballyferriter, Blackwater Bridge, Ballinskelligs, Ballylongford, Brosna, Ballydavid, Caragh Lake, Castlegregory, Cloghane, Clonkeen, Caherdaniel, Dromartin Cross, Finuge, Fenit, Fybagh, Glencar, Headford, Inch, Knocknagoshel, Lyracrompane, Lauragh, Portmagee, Scartaglin, Sneem, Tuosist and  Ventry.

This means Eircom will invest €400 million in fibre over the next five years.

“The National Broadband Plan is a partnership between the commercial sector and the State to deliver high speed broadband to every home, school and business in Ireland. The Government has played a major role in creating the conditions for accelerated telecoms investment by highlighting to broadband providers the potential profit to be made by expanding into rural areas and by securing commitments from them to invest. Today’s investment is a clear indication that eircom recognises the opportunities in this market,” said Minister Deenihan.

“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. The Minister for Communications, Alex White is expected to publish the State intervention strategy in July with a view to moving to formal procurement by the end of this year.  Roll-out will commence in 2016,” said Minister Deenihan

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