Rural Mid Roscommon to have 500mbps broadband by summer
Eir is currently in the process of completing the fibre cabling of Roscommon Town and expects to be able to offer customers fibre broadband early in 2021, says Denis Naughten TD.
“In recent weeks people will have witnessed a significant scale up in works by Eir around Roscommon Town and by Christmas it expects to have completed the laying of new fibre optic cable that will serve approximately 3200 homes in the town itself,” said Denis Naughten.
“The company has already brought in its technical team to start the ‘splicing’ process which connects the fibre cables together and this work is expected to be completed in the first 4-6 weeks of 2021.
“As the splicing and connecting of premises is completed, the fibre connections will go live, and I understand that estates such as Abbeyville, Ardsallagh Woods and Oldwood are set to be the first to be offered the new service in the coming weeks.
“This will continue over the next 3 months until approximately 3,200 homes in the town are serviced.
“This investment by Eir will be complemented by the investment by Government through National Broadband Ireland, which expects to have fibre optic broadband available to rural homes in the vicinity of Roscommon Town by next summer.”
The subcontractors for National Broadband Ireland have completed the mapping work for the areas around the town of Roscommon such as Ballymurray, Athleague, Castlecoote, Donamon, Ballymacurley, Kilroosky, Four-Mile-House as well as adjoining areas in Galway and around Lanesboro in Co. Longford
The company expects to be on the ground in the rural areas surrounding Roscommon Town commencing works in the area by Easter, with homes being able to connect to the new network providing 500mbps super high-speed broadband by next summer.
“While this timeline is subject to any potential delays as a result of Covid-19, to date it has not delayed the work in this part of County Roscommon which is ahead of schedule,” stated Denis Naughten.
“It is now important that homeowners make sure they can connect to the fibre when it comes to their door, by ensuring there are no trees etc blocking the route from their home to the nearest telephone pole or that any ducts are free of dirt and debris.
“It is particularly important that people check this out now because they will have their homes connected to the new state-of-the-art fibre network at a time of the year when tree and hedge cutting will be prohibited.”
Further information on the National Broadband Plan can be found with your Eircode at www.nbi.ie