eircom to give 100 Mbps broadband

eircom today is providing 100 Mbps broadband speed for more than 70 percent of 700,000 homes and businesses across Ireland.

eircom has also become one of the first telecommunications companies in the world to deploy VDSL2 Vectoring technology in its Next Generation Fibre Access network.

Vectoring on VDSL2 technology is a cutting edge development that uses noise cancelling technology to boost broadband speeds to homes and businesses. This process strengthens the broadband signal and gives home and business broadband customers faster speeds.

By the end of March 2014, vectoring has been deployed to the vast majority of eircom’s 3,000 fibre broadband cabinets. eircom estimates that at least 70 percent of the approximately 700,000 homes and businesses currently passed by its fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) network will be able to achieve speeds of between 70 Mbps and 100 Mbps.

Commenting on the development Carolan Lennon, MD, eircom Wholesale, said “With the deployment of vectoring we’re making those speeds available to homes and businesses within our existing national fibre footprint now, and the 1.4 million homes and businesses we intend to reach by 2016. Once completed, the broadband speeds available over our National Next Generation Fibre Access Network are now faster than most Fixed Line Operators across Europe.

“We continue to work closely with our Global vendors, such as Huawei, to explore further hugely exciting technological developments in this area such as G.Fast, which offers the potential of future step changes in both upload and download broadband speeds by driving fibre further out into our network,” added Lennon.

Derek Ding, MD, Huawei Ireland commented, “We have worked closely with eircom in the development and deployment of the network and we are excited with the progress that has been made. We are delighted with the enclosed announcement as we believe that this will benefit consumers in Ireland.”

You Yiyong, president, Huawei access network product line said, “New technologies such as vectoring and G.fast can help operators efficiently reuse existing infrastructure and quickly implement superfast broadband strategies. Huawei will continue to invest and develop new technologies for fibre broadband to improve the access speed and bring more benefits to the customers.”

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