Minister Alan Kelly has this week announced that Eircom are about to complete significant investments this year in the broadband infrastructure in a number of South Tipperary towns that will have huge benefits to those towns.
In recent months Minister Kelly has held several meetings and communicated with many of the major players in broadband provision.
He said “over the last year I have met with officials in the Dept of Communications as well as Minister Rabbitte to try to push through the need for next generation broadband throughout towns across Tipperary on the back of this Government’s dedicated plans to dramatically improve our broadband infrastructure. I also met and had several communications with eNet, who look after Ireland’s fibre optic infrastructure as well as Eircom, Bord Gais and other interested parties.
“As a result of this, Eircom have this week confirmed to me that they have prioritised both Clonmel and Tipperary Town for investment in their €500m roll out of FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) broadband. Effectively this means that Eircom are bringing their broadband fibre to a multiplicity of boxes or exchanges across both towns that can make fibre broadband more easily accessible to businesses and homes in those towns. This will dramatically multiply the broadband speeds in both towns with speeds up to 70Mb available to businesses and domestic users. Furthermore the speeds available will be consistent and reliable. It won’t matter how many people are online at the one time, download speeds will be maintained.
“It has been confirmed to me that at this stage Eircom aim to have their investment in their infrastructure in both Clonmel and Tipperary Town in place before the end of the year with Clonmel being completed first and followed by Tipperary Town. This will mean that any broadband service provider that wishes to can offer competitive broadband packages to businesses and consumers across both towns. The more competition the better the service and cheaper it will be. I expect service providers to jump at this opportunity.
“This is an absolutely critical development for both Clonmel and Tipperary Town and one which must be welcomed by all. Along with other developments this will mean that both towns can develop and be far more attractive for inward investment. It will also help current start ups as well as support the educational and enterprise facilities in the towns.
“As somebody who represents the Tipperary and who comes from an IT background I have always lobbied, supported and presented the case for next generation broadband provision across Tipperary. I will continue to lobby to develop this service across all the other towns in the county.
“Eircom have also confirmed to me that they expect to be in a position to provide similar broadband services to the towns of Cashel, Cahir and Carrick on Suir in 2014”.