VDSL rollout (eFibre)
What a difference a decade makes! eircoms eFibre rollout is probably the best thing that has happened in Ireland in many years.
Time after time we were all told by the old eircom that we did not need broadband and that no money would be found to roll it out. Kafka himself could not have invented a more surreal dialogue than that of a decade ago where eircom’s 2003 era management constantly told us that we did not need broadband in Ireland and that it was therefore not eircom’s job to provide it, and how dare we question this perceived “wisdom”, that led to much lively debate!
Eventually the inevitable reality dawned and the original eircom Broadband rollout started but was mainly confined to larger towns back in 2003 eventually reaching many parts of the country but not all.
IrelandOffline congratulates the current eircom management (and hard working staff) especially for what they are doing for the commuter belts of Ireland . The scale of their rollout, for example, on the northern fringes of Dublin/Fingal and in parts of Wicklow/Louth is very impressive and for the first time they will deliver more than adequate Broadband services to many areas. We hope that other neighbouring exchanges follow quickly over the next few months.
Until now it has been impossible to telecommute and work remotely in these areas, the lines were simply too long as they stretched way into the tiger era suburbs that had sprung up. Wireless and Cable competition was inadequate if indeed present at all. These suburbs grew while at the same time eircoms scarce resources were ravaged by a lethal combination of the ESOT and “Vulture Capital” bleeding them dry. Good Broadband provision is an enabler of economic growth, this must be said loud and clear.
Suburban and Commuter belt Ireland won’t know what hit them in 2013. We hope that eircom will respond to the inevitable uptake and latent demand by looking further outwards in their future planning.
IrelandOffline wish the eFibre rollout well. Enjoy your launch party guys and we look forward to a time when all of Ireland is complete.