Wexford in fastest broadband launch
wexford is one of 15 communities included in the launch by Eir (previously Eircom) of what it says is Ireland's fastest broadband.
'Eir Fibre Extreme' offers download speeds of up to 1,000 Megabits per second (1 gigabit per second) and are available by using 'end to end' fibre technology known as fibre to the home (FTTH). 23,000 homes and businesses nationwide, including many in Wexford town, can avail of the service immediately.
The rebranded company says customers can now order broadband with speeds of 150Mb/s, 300Mb/s and 1,000Mb/s all as part of bundles that combine broadband with phone calls, TV, mobile or all four services together in one simple bundle. These bundles are eir Base, Eir Play, eir Go and Eir Power.
Prices start from €30 per month for the first four months going to €67 per month for 150Mb, €75 per month for 300Mb and €87 per month for 1,000Mb for new bundle customers. As an introductory offer there is free connection worth €100. Bundles come with unlimited home phone calls to Irish landlines and Irish mobiles.
Existing Eir customers can migrate to eir Fibre Extreme for €67 per month for the first six months for unlimited Eir Fibre and receive 1,000Mb/s, plus unlimited home phone calls to Irish landlines and Irish mobiles. The price rises to €87 per month thereafter. Existing customers can also avail of free connection worth €100.
Meanwhile, Eir says a number of villages in County Wexford will be able to access fibre broadband early in the first half of next year.
Earlier in June 2015, Eir announced plans to significantly expand access to high speed fibre broadband in rural Ireland by using FTTH technology to increase our fibre footprint from 1.6 million homes and businesses to 1.9 million premises throughout the country.
The additional 300,000 homes and businesses are spread across all 26 counties.
Barntown will serve 100 premises and will be deployed in the first half of 2016; Castlebridge will serve 200 premises and will also be deployed in the first half of 2016 and Cleariestown is expected to be live in spring 2016 and will include 300 premises.
Others expected in 2016 include Killinick, Killurin, Kilmuckridge, Killanne, Kilmore Quay, Oulart, Oylgate, Rosslare Strand, Rosslare Harbour, Tomhaggard, Broadway and Beechgrove.
There are yet more exchanges in or around Wexford town planned for the next phase of rollout, which is from 2016-2020.