Higher speed rural broadband on the way

by Alan Jacques


broadbandspeed_large-4e6c0226869ee9c78bcbac09783541beEIRCOM has confirmed that it will be providing higher speed broadband of up to one gigabit through its ‘fibre to the home’ rural broadband service in Limerick by 2017.

It is estimated that this will benefit 66,000 home and businesses throughout the county at a cost of €15 million, as part of a national strategy to rollout 1284 kilometres of additional rural fibre between 2016 and 2020.

Fine Gael councillor for City West, Daniel Butler, says the move will benefit areas such as Clarina and Patrickswell. Rural areas in the metropolitan district, he maintains, have suffered with very slow internet access.
“I am delighted with this announcement as I have received numerous complaints about broadband speeds from residents particularly in the Clarina/ Ballybrown area.

“This investment will benefit 447 premises in Clarina and 554 in Patrickswell so nearly 1000 homes in that area will benefit,” he explained.

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Currently Limerick receives speeds of up to 10 gigabit from 31 locations throughout the county. Over 14,000 homes will be included in the 2016-2020 rural fibre roll-out in County Limerick.