Over 115,000 homes and businesses in smaller towns and rural areas to receive high speed broadband after two major telecoms companies announce deal – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
November 23, 2017

Over 115,000 homes and businesses in smaller towns and rural areas to receive high speed broadband after two major telecoms companies announce deal

There was more good news for towns and rural communities across the country as two major companies have announced plans that will see high speed broadband being brought to over 115,000 homes and businesses around the country.

The radical new plan which will be completed over the next two years was launched this week after both enet and SSE have agreed to enter a partnership that will see them provide an open access fibre network to a number of smaller towns and rural areas nationwide.

Under the new plans the telecom providers will issue a new network that will be open to any company who wishes to provide high speed broadband to residents in less populated areas.

Announcing the plan both SSE and enet say the first phase of the plan will begin in the coming months ahead which will initially see 18,000 premises in Ballinasloe, Roscommon town, Manorhamilton, Donegal, Ballybofey, Stranorlar and Buncrana having access to the network in 2018.

They also say the latest development is not part of the national broadband plan but it will offer potential customers the chance to have internet speeds of up to 1000mbps.

It is expected a further 97,000 homes and businesses will have access to the network before the end of 2019.

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