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1M premises now passed by NGA network

open eir has announced that it has reached a critical milestone in the rollout of Ireland’s largest fibre network by passing the one millionth premises with high speed broadband. Alex White, T.D., Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources was in attendance at an event in Cahersiveen (home of the one millionth premises’ customer) along with open eir’s Chairman, Padraig McManus; Group CEO, Herb Hribar and Carolan Lennon, Managing Director of open eir along with other local representative, businesses and residents. They were accompanied by local business man Alan Landers, owner of ‘San Antoine’ a B&B in the town, which was the one millionth premises passed.

Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, open eir, said “Reaching the one millionth milestone is important, not just for open eir, but the country - as close to 50% of homes and businesses across Ireland can now avail of superfast fibre broadband with speeds of up to 100Mb per second. This rollout programme continues at pace and open eir is constructing the network at a faster pace than its peers in Germany, the UK and the United States. In Kerry, 25,000 homes and businesses can already enjoy the benefits of fibre in Killarney, Ballyspillane, Muckross, Tralee, Killerisk, Castleisland, Killorglin and now Cahersiveen. 

“Our announcement demonstrates our ability to repeatedly surpass key milestones. 70% of homes and businesses in the country will be able to experience high speed broadband when the network is completed. We are building an ‘open access’ network available to all operators, giving end user customers real choice when selecting a provider and our job is to ensure that communities realise that this network is here, is available today and ready to use.”

open eir has also announced that it is accelerating and expanding its fibre broadband plans to reach 1.6 million premises by the end of 2016. Once completed, fibre broadband will be available to every town in Ireland with a population of 900 residents or more, making significant progress in the provision of high speed broadband across every county in Ireland.