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First rural FTTH locations announced

eir today announced further details of its deployment of high speed broadband in rural Ireland that will offer speeds of up to 1,000 Mb/s.

100,000 rural homes and businesses to get broadband speeds of up to 1 Gb/s in next twelve months

50 apprentice jobs to be created

Applications open today


(Thursday, 3rd March 2016): eir today announced further details of its deployment of high speed broadband in rural Ireland that will offer speeds of up to 1,000 Mb/s. In the next twelve months, 100,000 homes and businesses across 200 communities in all 26 counties will be able to access the fastest broadband speeds in Ireland. Preparation work is already underway in some areas with tree trimming now complete in a number of locations, clearing the way for spans of new fibre cables to be installed alongside the existing roadside telecommunications infrastructure. Today’s announcement is part of the commitment the company made in June 2015 to extend the footprint of high speed broadband to a further 300,000 homes and businesses to reach a total of 1.9 million premises by the end of 2020. 1.4 million homes and businesses can already access high speed broadband in Ireland and the company remains on target to reach 1.7 million premises by this time next year.

Commenting on the announcement, Carolan Lennon, Managing Director open eir said: "We are the only provider with a truly national plan to connect rural communities across Ireland to high speed broadband. We already provide the fastest broadband speeds in the country and we are now extending those speeds beyond the town. Last June, we committed to extend the reach of our commercial rollout as far as possible. Our announcement today is testament to our on-going support of the economic recovery and rejuvenation of rural Ireland using best in class technology."

Apprentice Programme – 50 jobs

Separately, eir announced that online applications are accepted from today as this year’s apprentice recruitment programme has been officially launched. Now in its second year, the programme is open to candidates who have passed their Leaving Certificate and who would enjoy the challenge of working for a market leading Irish company on the rollout of a high speed national fibre network. Selected candidates will start work from July and the training programme will run for two years.

Speaking at the recruitment launch at the Agri Careers Fair at the RDS, Orla Coughlan, Chief Human Resources Officer eir, said "Our recruitment call is a further signal of our sustained commitment to investing in our future, ensuring our people can deliver the high speed broadband and highest level of service to our customers. The apprentice roles provide a really exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic fast paced environment on a critical infrastructure programme. The jobs will be bases across Ireland and we have been very clear to date on our determination to support rural employment by hiring people from their local communities. Successful applicants will be trained and taught a range of skills to help build and maintain our fibre network throughout the country."

The structured two-year programme will provide on-the-job learning, one-to-one coaching and formal classroom training. Successful applicants will also receive a Level 6 FETAC Telecommunications Access Networks Technology Major Award. eir will be working with Solas on the ongoing expansion of this programme – which is scheduled to continue in 2017, and beyond.

Further information about open eir’s apprenticeship programme is available on eir's early talent careers page http://earlytalent.eir.ie/apprentices/why-eir/ as is the online application form. Applications for the 2016 eir Apprentice Programme are open from today, 3rd March 2016, and close on 31st March 2016.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Please see full list of locations attached on a county basis.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Paul Bradley, Director of Corporate Affairs, (085) 174 4281 / paul.bradley@eir.ie
Dearbhaill Rossiter, Head of Communications, (085) 174 5284 / Dearbhaill.rossiter@eir.ie

First locations to be reached as part of rural 300,000 roll out. Work to be completed by March 2017.

Carlow690
Tullow130
Milford560
Cavan1,950
Virginia750
Blacklion320
Cavan710
Clare1,330
Cratloe170
Lisdoonvarna450
Carron30
Inagh250
Ennis430
Cork5,440
COBH420
MIDLETON530
Youghal330
Blarney510
Carrigtwohill460
Crosshaven140
Ringaskiddy160
Macroom West130
Whitegate840
Ballyclough510
Kildorrery660
Ballincollig450
Carrigaline300
Donegal14,240
Donegal980
Ballybofey780
Dungloe600
Ardara480
Annagry540
Bunbeg1370
Burtonport360
Carrigart1070
Clonmany840
Carrigans170
Dunfanaghy600
Falcarragh1240
Greencastle450
Kincasslagh340
Killybegs580
Kilcar380
Lifford550
Muff360
Narin330
Quigleys Point520
Fintown210
Rossnowlagh440
Letterkenny760
Dublin3,630
Ballyboden250
Swords490
Finglas170
Rush210
Skerries170
Malahide440
Portmarnock300
Rathcoole370
Shankill100
Ballyboughal580
Oldtown230
Balbriggan320
Galway12,900
ORANMORE850
Athenry800
Costello370
Barna240
Claregalway1400
Kilcolgan1150
Moycullen800
Ballyconneely340
Belclare510
Cornamona100
Carraroe480
Craughwell770
Inverin690
Kinvara780
Rosscahill430
Spiddal660
Turloughmore830
Ballyglunin1030
Castleblakney350
Maree320
Kerry8,010
Killorglin970
Killarney820
Ballyspillane400
Dingle290
Anablaha430
Glenbeigh610
Lixnaw500
Abbeydorney620
Ardfert670
Annascaul510
Caragh lake690
Headford (Kerry)740
Tralee760
Kildare4,200
Celbridge150
Newbridge300
Maynooth410
Robertstown1110
Kill90
CARRAGH170
Curragh Camp300
Carbury470
Donadea480
Straffan520
Brannockstown200
Kilkenny1,860
Knocktopher400
Mooncoin500
Piltown330
Kilkenny630
Laois1,090
Portarlington260
Ballybrittas290
Crettyard540
Leitrim710
CARRICK ON SHANNON330
Drumshanbo380
Limerick4,130
Dooradoyle360
Crossagalla150
Inch St. Lawrence660
Clarina480
Croom400
Kildimo260
Patrickswell620
Castleconnell290
Pallasgreen910
Longford930
Lanesboro470
Longford460
Louth7,570
Ardee680
Castlebellingham540
Dunleer1110
Termonfeckin790
Carlingford570
Hackballscross460
Louth530
Omeath260
Ravensdale820
Riverstown1030
Drogheda500
Dundalk280
Mayo2,470
Westport820
Belcarra340
Murrisk210
Castlebar1100
Meath7,410
ASHBOURNE470
Ceanannas Mor590
Dunshaughlin570
Trim620
Ratoath470
Kilcarn280
Athboy560
Enfield650
Julianstown550
Summerhill (Meath)600
Wilkinstown700
Dunderry20
Kilbride20
Robinstown120
Tara1190
Monaghan1,330
Carrickmacross870
Monaghan460
Offaly1,560
Tullamore560
Edenderry340
Rahan300
Rhode360
Roscommon2,040
Cornafulla360
Ballyfarnan490
Croghan340
Cootehall350
Knockcroghery500
Sligo2,940
Strandhill260
Sligo1460
Castlegarren1220
Tipperary2,070
NENAGH670
Tipperary550
Cappawhite220
Kilsheelin320
Clonmel310
Waterford3,190
Ferrybank480
Dungarvan830
Kilmeaden500
Aglish390
Bonmahon430
Loskeran60
Ring500
Westmeath3,410
Athlone730
Collinstown480
Glasson890
Horseleap120
Rathowen230
Mullingar960
Wexford9,540
Wellington Bridge730
Courtown Harbour870
Curracloe530
Duncannon420
Fethard On Sea660
Killinick420
Kilmuckridge510
Kilmore Quay180
Rosslare Strand370
Rosslare Harbour410
Tomhaggard660
Broadway930
Inch1210
Wexford640
Enniscorthy1000
Wicklow2,160
Newtownmountkennedy250
Arklow310
Blessington350
Coolboy220
Donard200
Brittas bay bridge440
Kilmacanogue250
Greystones140

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