Marking Eircom’s Progress as it Passes One Million Premises Milestone
Today eircom announced that it has reached a critical milestone in the rollout of Ireland’s largest fibre network by passing the one millionth premises with superfast broadband.
I was in attendance at an event in Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry (home of the one millionth premises’ customer). Local business man Alan Landers is the owner of ‘San Antoine’ a B&B in the town, which was the one millionth premises passed.
Eircom’s continued progress in rolling out its fibre programme is enhancing the coverage and quality of broadband services throughout the country.
The recent announcement by the company of its intention to increase its proposed coverage footprint is a further welcome development. This commercial investment represents a strong vote of confidence in the Irish economy and in eircom itself.
It will significantly contribute towards achieving the government’s goal of ubiquitous high speed broadband availability. The government has firmly committed to providing high speed services in those areas where there is currently no case for commercial investment.
This is a priority for government and for my department and will involve an ambitious build-out of infrastructure and services in rural Ireland. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that quality, future-proofed high-speed broadband services are available to everyone in Ireland, irrespective of where they live.