Broadband News

Green light given by EU for 50 towns in Ireland to get FTTH

A partnership using some €450m of funding to roll-out FTTH to some 500,000 properties by 2018 has been given the go ahead by the European Commission.

The state owned ESB power company is to work with Vodafone (Vodafone was selected as a preferred partner via a competitive bid process) to roll-out FTTH with speeds of up to 1 Gbps to 50 towns in Ireland.

The roll-out is to make use of the existing overhead electricity network and ducting to carry fibre tubing, thus bypassing existing telephone infrastructure. While Vodafone is the preferred partner the network is to be an open access system, but the opportunity exists for Vodafone to greatly expand on its 200,000 fixed line broadband customers in Ireland.

In terms of footprint with around 1.6 million homes in Ireland this roll-out will cover perhaps one third, but the joint venture appears to be open to later phases to extend coverage if this initial spending shows promise.

Gigabit to one third of the country sounds very exciting and is bound to cause grumpy moans in the UK, but we should not forget the ambitious plans of firms like Hyperoptic and Gigaclear and that some 48% of the UK already has access to a Virgin Media up to 152 Mbps service.


Well done Ireland. We could do with far more competition to the incumbent in the UK.

Eircom may find themselves having to respond to this, which would make a great contrast to the UK and the total lack of competition the incumbent are feeling.

Hyperoptic and Gigaclear are niche. Equating them with a 1/3rd of the country FTTP deployment is disingenuous.

Ireland also have higher coverage of cable, too.

Yep we definitely have room to grump in the UK.

  • Dixinormous
  • over 6 years ago

If this can happen in Ireland surely it can happen in a much wealthier country like the UK?

  • Spud2003
  • over 6 years ago

Not wile camoron is lining the EU's toilets with Billion Dollar bills

  • fabrettitd
  • over 6 years ago

Hi Broadband Watcher.
Where were Vodaphone/ Cable and Wireless when the contracts in GB were open for tender.

  • Blackmamba
  • over 6 years ago

They knew better than to waste their time presumably.

  • Dixinormous
  • over 6 years ago

Post a comment

Login Register