Rolling out rural fibre

Find out more about our rural Fibre to the Home programme below

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Connecting rural Ireland to the world

In 2012 we started out on an ambitious journey, bringing high-speed fibre to 1.6 million homes and businesses across Ireland. We've now achieved this milestone and you can view our fibre rollout map here. Our challenge now is to bring life-changing 1 gigabit per second broadband beyond towns and villages right into the heart of rural Ireland. Here, we tell the story of our fibre rollout programme to 300,000 rural homes and businesses.

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The rural fibre team

Ambitions are one thing. Delivering on those ambitions requires proven people, systems and infrastructure. From strategic planning to design, build, delivery and support, our team have the expertise and track record to deliver rural fibre at scale, efficiently and to the highest standards.

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

After a comprehensive analysis to determine a future-proof strategy for rural broadband, our strategic planning team decided on Fibre to the Home technology, delivering a world class broadband network along open eir’s existing pole network.

1.4m+

poles in open
eir's rural network

Programme Management

Programme Management

Bringing fibre to remote rural areas requires experienced people co-ordinating the project from end to end. Our programme management team have oversight across plan, design, build and delivery of rural fibre to ensure ambitious targets are achieved.

1.6m

homes & businesses have access to high
speed fibre broadband

Core Fibre & Exchange Plan & Design

Core Fibre & Exchange - Plan & Design

Our core fibre & exchange team are upgrading our exchange network to ensure that even the most remote exchanges will be capable of delivering 1 gigabit per second connections into the heart of rural Ireland.

800+

rural exchanges are being upgraded for
our 1000Mb/s rural fibre rollout

Access Fibre Plan & Design

Access Fibre Plan & Design

Our national access pole network is ideally suited for delivering fibre in rural areas. Our access plan & design teams are applying tried and tested design processes and extensive local knowledge to design the rural fibre network.

100+

strong plan & design
team nationwide

Build

Build Works

Having honed their skills on the Fibre to the Cabinet rollout to 1.6m premises, our teams are now deploying the length and breadth of the country to build out 23,000km of direct fibre in rural areas.

600kms

of aerial fibre will be rolled out by
our cabling crews every month as
the rural FTTH rollout ramps up

Build Quality Management

Build Quality Management

Our build quality management team follow rigorous processes for ensuring efficient delivery, consistent build quality and on-time, on-budget delivery of milestones in the rural fibre build.

500+

works orders are released from our
Build Control Centre every month

Order Delivery & Maintenance

Order Delivery & Maintenance

Once build work is completed, our order delivery team connect customers' premises to the network. Then it’s over to our maintenance crews who work closely with customer service to manage service issues in a timely way.

400

crews will be trained on FTTH installs

Supply Chain

Supply Chain

From purchasing to managing the fleet of vehicles for the rural fibre rollout, our supply chain operations team ensure that all materials and services required across the country are available wherever and whenever they're needed.

1.6m

individual units will be shipped
for the rural fibre build

IT infrastructure

IT infrastructure

Our Unified Gateway platform provides multiple retail operators efficient access to our wholesale products and services. This robust and secure system, developed over 10 years by our developers, is built to handle huge volumes of transactions every day.

71m

transactions processed to date
via the Unified Gateway

Wholesale Service & Customer Support

Wholesale Service & Customer Support

Our wholesale team develop the wholesale products and services to run on the rural fibre network. Our customers are supported by dedicated account managers and the open eir customer care centre team

240,000

calls are received by the
wholesale customer call centre
from operators every year