Over 232,000 homes and businesses now accessing high-speed fibre broadband

by Aishling Conway
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Last year 37,029 additional customers connected to gigabit fibre broadband

Ireland’s largest wholesale telecommunications operator, open eir, has announced that an additional 37,029 homes and businesses across Dublin can access gigabit fibre since December 2022, according to new data from its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband roll-out programme. 

This ambitious project has now reached almost 1.2 million homes and businesses nationwide, setting a new record for fibre broadband coverage in the country. This expansion means that more than 3.2 million* people can now benefit from full fibre broadband connectivity, almost 635,000 of those are based in Dublin county. On completion this cutting-edge gigabit network will be available to 1.9 million homes and businesses, covering 84% of premises in Ireland. The company’s FTTH rollout marks a major stride in bridging connectivity gaps, ensuring widespread access to high-speed internet and enabling more homes and businesses to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

The fibre build project has already delivered fibre access in Dublin to 232,531 homes and businesses. Upon completion, following investment of over €216 million into the Dublin network alone, the network will serve over 619,000 premises across Dublin county, facilitating broadband speeds up to 100 times faster than a traditional copper network.

In 2023, open eir passed thousands of new-build homes, including apartments, meaning its rollout covered nearly two-thirds of all new builds in the country. To support this network growth, open eir has established a dedicated new-build team which is responsible for ensuring that state-of-the-art full-fibre infrastructure is readily available for new homeowners and renters.

The continuous rapid expansion of the network positions Ireland as a leader in global fibre connectivity, driven by a dedicated team of engineers and an investment exceeding €1 billion. open eir’s network build has contributed to Ireland now ranking as one of the most technologically advanced countries globally, building on its Eurostat ranking as the 8th most fibre-connected country in the EU last year.

Customers across 1.2 million premises can access full fibre connectivity via a range of retail service providers, such as Pure Telecom. As open eir’s network expands, the number of retail service providers also grows, which fosters a competitive market environment delivering choice and value for money to households and businesses alike.

Commenting on the progress made in 2023, Maeve O’Malley, Managing Director of open eir Wholesale, said: “open eir is proud to have reached this significant milestone in Dublin and of bringing full fibre connectivity to 1.2 million homes and businesses across Ireland. This means approximately 3.2 million people now have the opportunity to connect to future-proof fibre broadband. This achievement reflects our dedication to providing cutting-edge technology and enhancing connectivity for communities across Ireland. In today’s digital age, a full-fibre network is not just about connectivity; it’s a cornerstone for Ireland’s economic growth. We are focused on ensuring new housing developments also have access to fibre broadband with the introduction of a specialised team working to deliver on our commitment to connecting for a better Ireland.

It takes meticulous planning, technical expertise, and a dedicated team to bring such a transformative infrastructure programme to fruition. I am exceptionally proud of our team of 1,000 engineers who have worked relentlessly to bring high speed broadband to more than 1.2 million homes and businesses across Ireland.”

Jonathan Long of Pure Telecom, one of open eir’s retail partners added: “In an era where technological advancements and escalating data demands define the landscape, full fibre connectivity stands as a cornerstone to prevent Ireland from lagging behind. Pure Telecom takes pride in the substantial adoption and continued growth of our broadband services, recognising the indispensable role of a resilient, high-speed network infrastructure for businesses to flourish, innovate, and sustain global competitiveness. We are pleased to deliver open eir’s gigabit fibre network to our customers, helping them to actively contribute to Ireland’s continued economic growth.”

In addition to providing faster broadband speeds, open eir’s network also contributes to minimising environmental impact by reducing carbon emissions compared to copper networks through improved energy efficiency, less e-waste and a longer network lifespan.

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