High speed fibre-based broadband will be available to households and businesses served by the Shantalla and Mervue exchanges from this Monday 20 May.
The next generation broadband is part of Eircom’s ‘Network for a Nation’ plan, a €400m investment between now and June 2015.
Eircom officials, including Pat Galvin, Eircom’s Director of Regulatory and Public Affairs, met with Galway West Deputy Seán Kyne in Leinster House on Wednesday evening and explained that the high speed broadband will provide initial speeds of 70Mbps in the city, increasing to 100Mbps within 12 months.
Investment will also bring the high speed broadband to locations outside the city including Moycullen, Oughterard, Barna, Claregalway, Athenry, Loughrea and Tuam among others.
“I’m delighted to see this investment which is urgently required so that we don’t fall behind in terms of providing fibre-powered broadband services,” said Deputy Kyne.
The issue of broadband access is one I’ve raised time and again with Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte. This year alone I’ve tabled over ten parliamentary questions and sought Dáil speaking time such is my belief in the importance of high speed broadband as a catalyst for jobs and investment in rural and urban areas alike.”
The vital Eircom investment is a precursor to the Government-supported delivery of high speed broadband to all areas. Under the ‘Delivering a Connected Society’ plan, the Government has committed to bringing a minimum of 30Mbps broadband to every home and business in the State “no matter how rural or remote”.
“The last National Broadband Scheme was moderately successful but inexplicably excluded large areas such as the hinterland of Moycullen and Oughterard from the N59 to the shores of Lough Corrib which encompasses Tullykyne, Rosscahill and Carrowmoreknock, and also rural areas to the east of the city,” he continued.
“Minister Rabbitte has assured me that a national mapping exercise is imminent and will ‘identify precisely the areas of the country that the private sector will invest in and those rural parts that will require State intervention to ensure that our National Broadband Plan and Digital Agenda for Europe targets are met.’ Eircom is also open to investigating the opportunity which the construction of the N59 Galway-Clifden Greenway could provide in bringing the fibre broadband further into Connemara.”
The Fine Gael TD said it was “vital” that an accurate and comprehensive map of the gaps in broadband provision was developed to underpin the State investment.
“I’d encourage citizens who experience problems with broadband provision to inform their public representatives who can relay this to the officials at the Department of Communications currently working with the private sector to create a complete picture of broadband access.”