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Ireland's Broadband Map. Blue: commercial provision. Amber: proposed state provision under National Broadband Plan

Department Consults on Management of High-Speed Broadband Map

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) has published a consultation document, which sets out how its high-speed broadband map will evolve, including during the procurement phase of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). Under EU procurement rules, the high-speed broadband map is required to help ensure that State provision of broadband infrastructure doesn’t […]

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Skibbereen, Co Cork. © Copyright Jonathan Billinger and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence

Skibbereen Selected for Fibre Broadband Pilot

SIRO, the ESB-Vodafone joint venture which is bringing Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) to 50 regional towns nationwide, has today announced a pilot programme for a potential second phase of its network rollout.   The pilot programme will involve two test areas: a small-medium sized town (Skibbereen, Co. Cork), and one rural location in Ireland. Its purpose is to […]

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Pilot Comreg Survey Finds that Fast Broadband Makes Satisfied Customers

The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has published the results of a survey on broadband speeds. Unsurprisingly, they report that customer satisfaction is correlated with the transfer speed experienced by users (and that rural users are especially challenged). Speeds enjoyed clearly impact on satisfaction levels. For example, those fixed urban panellists who said they were […]

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Eircom launches Competition for Rural Fibre Trial

eircom, Ireland’s largest telecommunications provider, has launched a nationwide competition to identify the next Fibre To The Home rural trial community. The move follows on from the first successful trial site in Belcarra, County Mayo, which has seen business and residents of this rural community enjoy the enormous economic, educational and social benefits of having […]

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Eircom Announces Price Increases

Eircom has announced plans to implement a number of price changes for residential and business customers. The changes will be reflected in customer bills from mid April onwards and the company is notifying all impacted customers in writing. The changes are across three main areas, including monthly subscription fees for bundles, call set up fees and […]

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Students at Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Dublin where the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister for Education & Skills announced the completion of the HEAnet 100 Mbps high speed broadband programme for all of Ireland’s 780 post-primary schools. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Ministers Announce Completion of HEAnet High Speed Broadband Programme for Second Level Schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and the Minister for Communications Alex White TD, today announced that the roll-out of high-speed (100Mbps) broadband to all post-primary schools has been completed, after the final 269 schools were connected in 2014. This brings to a close the third and final stage of this nationwide […]

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Satellite Broadband can Cut the Digital Divide [Audio]

Today’s podcast is an interview with Patrick Sullivan, an economic development consultant who has worked on broadband strategy in Wales and Ireland. He’s part of a partnership of organisations behind Project SABER (SAtellite Broadband for European Regions), which is making the case for satellite broadband as part of the solution to reducing the digital divide. Click on […]

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Postscript Podcast [Audio]

Here’s a short ‘postscript podcast’ (9:08; 5MB; MP3) recorded by Michele and I after we said goodbye to Ray King, our guest from this morning’s episode. We chat about the ESB/Vodafone FTTH announcement, and Ireland’s showing in the latest Akamai State of the Internet Report. Technology.ie is brought to you by Blacknight. Why not register a .US domain name for the day […]

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Ireland in Top Ten for Internet Broadband, but 35% are in the Slow Lane

Announcing their new fibre-to-the-home joint venture yesterday, ESB and Vodafone made reference to the quarterly reports on the State of the Internet, published by content delivery network, Akamai, and expressed confidence that their venture would propel Ireland “into the ranks of the world’s fastest broadband countries”. But according to the latest report published by Akamai last week, we’re already there. The latest […]

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